Delhi's unified municipal corporation formally comes into existence
The unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) formally came into existence on Sunday as IAS officers Ashwani Kumar and Gyanesh Bharti assumed charge as the new civic body's special officer and commissioner, respectively.
He said providing the best civic amenities to the public and improvement of sanitation services will be among his top priorities.
''Sanitation is a basic and obligatory function of any civic body and its impact is always clearly visible on the ground. So, my priority will be to further improve sanitation services in the city,'' Kumar told PTI.
Kumar's appointment as the special officer of the unified MCD is considered significant as he is expected to play a vital role in the functioning of the unified municipal corporation, months before the civic elections.
He assumed the charge of the special officer at the Civic Centre — the MCD headquarters— on Sunday.
Bharti, a 1998-batch IAS officer also of the AGMUT cadre, was the commissioner of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation before this assignment, and he was the senior-most among Delhi's erstwhile three municipal commissioners.
With the unified MCD getting its special officer and a new commissioner, the exercise to reshuffle and reorganize the municipal staff will begin.
The erstwhile North and East Delhi Municipal Corporations were severely hit by a fund crunch as they were unable to pay their staff a regular salary. The situation was slightly better in the South Delhi Municipal Corporation.
A bill to unify the three civic bodies was approved by the Lok Sabha on March 30 and by the Rajya Sabha on April 5. The bill became an Act after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to it on April 18.
The Act reduces the number of wards in the national capital to 250 from the existing 272, which means that the MCD will have to undergo a delimitation exercise before the election. The Centre will form a delimitation commission to carry out the demarcation of wards.
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