Delhi: Union Ministry of Law and Justice has decided to reunify the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD). President Ram Nath Kovind has recently signed Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2022 which seeks to unify the three MCDs into one civic body. According to the act, South Delhi Municipal Corporation SDMC, North Delhi Municipal Corporation NDMC and East Delhi Municipal Council EDMC will now be merged into one. Until the new elections take place, the Centre will appoint a special officer to oversee the functions of the Corporation.
The Delhi Municipal Corporation Amendment Act, 2022, gives complete control of the civic body to the Centre. This in effect will leave more power in the hands of the Union Government over Delhi. In the process, it will work to reduce the power of the Delhi Government. The Act also has a provision to bring down the number of municipal wards to not more than 250 which is currently 272. Thereafter, a census will be arrived at regarding the delimitation exercise, which could delay the conduct of the civic body polls.
As gathered, the terms of the three municipal bodies will expire on May 18, 19, and 22, 2022. Thereafter, the delimitation process is expected to begin shortly. The MCD elections will also be scheduled following the notification.