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  • The central government has set the total number of seats in the MCD at 250 from the current figure of 272
  • This was stated in a Delhi Gazette notification published on Saturday, September 10.
  • The reunited MCD was officially born on May 22, 2022.

Delhi Municipality News: The central government has set the total number of seats in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) at 250 from the current figure of 272. This was stated in a Delhi Gazette notification released on Saturday, September 10.

The total number of seats reserved for members of Scheduled Castes (SC) in the MCD in proportion to their number is also determined at 42, he said.

The previous three corporations in Delhi comprised 272 wards. While the Northern and Southern Corporations each had 104 wards, the Eastern Corporation had 64 wards under its jurisdiction.

“In accordance with subsection (5) of section 3 of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act 1957, as amended by the Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Act 2022, the central government determines by hereby presents the total number of seats of councilors in the Delhi Municipal Corporation as number two hundred and fifty (250),” the notification reads.

“Furthermore, in accordance with Subsection (6) (as amended) of Section 3 of the above-mentioned Act, the Central Government also determines the total number of seats of Councilors of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to be reserved for members of the Scheduled Castes as forty-two (42), based on the ratio of the total number of seats that the Scheduled Caste population bears to the total population of Delhi (2011 Census),” he said.

On April 5, parliament had passed the Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill 2022 to unify three civic bodies in the nation’s capital into a new unified entity, which capped the total number of wards at 250.

The Union Home Ministry had set up a three-member commission in July to re-demarcate Delhi’s municipal wards.

The exercise, currently underway, will pave the way for civic elections in Delhi, which would be the first since the reunification of three societies recently.

The panel includes Delhi State Electoral Commissioner Vijay Dev, who serves as its chairman; Pankaj Kumar Singh, Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs; and Randhir Sahay, Additional Commissioner, MCD. The commission will present its report within four months of its formation, the civic body said in July.


The reunited MCD had officially come into existence on May 22 with IAS officers Ashwani Kumar and Gyanesh Bharti serving as special officer and commissioner of the new civic body, respectively.


The former MCD, established in 1958, was trifurcated in 2012 during Sheila Dikshit’s tenure as Chief Minister. It was recently unified by the merger of three civic bodies – the North, South and East Delhi Municipal Corporations or NDMC, SDMC and EDMC.


In July, experts said municipal elections here were unlikely to take place until 2023 because the redistricting of civic wards is a “thorough exercise”.

(With PTI inputs)

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