The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced on Wednesday that act to merge three municipal corporations into a single body will come into force from May 22. The MCDs of the South, North, and East would be treated as one Municipal Corporation of Delhi.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Act, 2022 (10 of 2022), the Central Government hereby appoints the 22nd day of May 2022 on which the Municipal Corporation of Delhi shall be constituted,” the MHA notification reads.
Appointment of Special Officer
The national government would designate a “special officer”. To manage the new unified civic body until the corporation’s inaugural meeting. According to the Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Act, 2022.
As required by the modified MCD Act, the “special officer” will most likely be an Additional Chief Secretary level officer.
According to sources, 1988 batch IAS officer Gyanesh Bharti, who currently leads the South MCD, is the most senior of the contenders.
The powers of the MCD commissioner could be vested in the Delhi Lieutenant Governor in the absence of an MHA notification designating the “special officer.”
However, with Anil Baijal also leaving down, there are questions about who would lead the unified MCD. “Even though the LG has resigned. He can be asked to remain in office till a successor is named”. An MHA official said.
Meanwhile, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation’s term ended today. While the periods of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation. And the East Delhi Municipal Corporation will finish on May 19 and 22, respectively.