New MCD Commissioner K S Mehra assumes charge, focus on transparen

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New Delhi, Feb 20 (UNI) Mr K S Mehra, a senior IAS officer of 1978 batch, today assumed charge as the Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi with a resolve to focus on bringing transparency in the functioning of the corporation and timely completion of all the Commonwealth Games-related projects Mr Mehra, who replaces the outgoing MCD Commissioner Ashok Kumar Nigam, told mediapersons after assuming charge that as MCD Commissioner his priority would be to bring about a transparency in the functioning of the corporation through measures like online payment of property tax and registration of births and deaths online.

He said, his endeavour would also be to ensure timely completion of all the Commonwealth Games related projects being undertaken by the MCD.

''It is important to complete Commonwealth Games-related projects on time,''Mr Mehra said.

On the issue of sealing and demolition, the new MCD Commissioner said whatever was possible within the law to bring relief to people of Delhi from sealing would be done.

''Centre law directing the local authorities to deseal premises already sealed by the corporation, is supreme and have to be followed. At the same time, we also have to take cognisance of the orders of the court. A balance has to be chalked out between the two, to ensure that relief is brought to people,''Mr Mehra said.

Among his other priorities, improvement in sanitation levels, solid waste management and improvement in garbage disposal levels, would also be included.

Prior to joining his present assignment, Mr Mehra was Principal Secretary for Urban Development and land and building in the Delhi Government.

He has also served as principal secretary of various significant departments in Delhi Government including Home, Urban Development, PWD, Land and Development, food and civil supplies and Labour.

He has also served as additional commissioner of the MCD from 1999 to 2001.

Besides, he has also held important positions in the state governments of Arunachal Pradesh, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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