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Govt to get reports on MCD restructuring, multiple bodies in Delhi

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Nov 20 (UNI) The Centre would receive tomorrow reports of two committees detailing measures to give a new look to the national capital and ensure more effective and efficient civic authorities before the Commonwealth Games in 2010.

These Committees were set up in April this year by the Home Ministry and would submit their report tomorrow to Home Minister Shivraj Patil.

The Committee headed by Mr Ashok Pradhan, former Secretary to Govt of India has looked into the issue of multiplicity of institutions dealing with urban development in the national capital.

It would give views on how to stop such multiple authorities so that a unified approach could be evolved for sprucing up the national capital just before the Common Wealth Games.

The Committee has been entrusted the task of identifying authorities/agencies which are discharging various functions in relation to urban development in the NCT of Delhi; determine their respective roles, responsibilities, inter-relationships and existing arrangements for coordination.

It would also identify the contribution made by these agencies in the development of the national capital, their level of effectiveness in addressing the issues of urban growth, the bottlenecks in dealing with urban development issues. It has also deliberated on the need for having different agencies in the context of Delhi being National Capital Territory (NCT) and finally to identify alternative mechanism that can deal with the problem of urban growth in Delhi more effectively.

This committee comprises the Union Home Secretary or his representative, Union Urban Development Secretary or his representative, Chief Secretary of Delhi and Dr. Kanika Bhal, Associate Professor of Management Studies of IIT, Delhi. Principal Secretary Urban Development O P Kelkar is the Member Secretary. the Involvement of IIT is meant to benefit from their independent expert opinion on management issues.

The Committee set up to study the issue of restructuring of MCD and suggest an appropriate model would also submit its report to Mr Patil tomorrow. The Committee headed by former Chief Secretary of Delhi Omesh Saigal, would give its views on restructuring MCD to make it more effective and efficient.

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