Carving out of new Keshavpuram zone in the national capital is an exercise carried out for the for the “first time” since the creation of the original zones of the MCD, North Delhi Mayor Preety Agarwal claims. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) was established in late 1950s. In 2012 it was trifurcated into North, South and East Delhi Municipal Corporations or NDMC, SDMC and EDMC respectively. Lt Governor Anil Baijal recently had approved redrawing of zonal boundaries under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation. Under it, Keshavpuram Zone was carved out while City and Sadar-Paharganj zones of the NDMC were merged into a single entity — City-Sadar Paharganj Zone.
“It is for the first time in the history of the MCD that a new zone has been created since the carving out of the original civic zones. The distribution has ensured that work for officials would now be evenly distributed, which was not the case earlier,” Agarwal said. “Also, a new zone means that the area will get more focus now, and, so the decision would benefit both the civic body as well as the people,” she said. The NDMC has a total of 104 wards spread over six zones.
Before the redrawing, the zones were — Rohini, Civil Lines, City, Sadar Paharganj, Narela and Karol Bagh. After redrawing also, the total number of zones remains the same. Agarwal said according to the new municipal zonal boundaries the new Keshavpuram zone will have 18 wards, Karol Bagh 13, Narela 16, City-Sadar Paharaganj 13, Rohini zone 26 and 18 wards in Civil Lines Zone. The SDMC also has 104 wards spanning four zones — Central, South, West and Najafgarh. EDMC has 64 wards spread across two zones — Shahdara (North) and Shahdara (South).