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A Vision for Municipal Governance in Delhi

  • 2017-03-21T01:56:45Z

Saaf Dil, Saaf Dilli

A Vision for Municipal Governance in Delhi


Our vision:

A clean and caring city that provides civic amenities and healthy environment to every citizen, resident and visitor, where all citizens participate in self-governance and take pride in their city.

Our mission:

We have entered electoral fray, beginning with the coming MCD elections, so as to:

ß Provide participatory governance that meets popular needs and aspirations ß Develop an alternative vision and policy agenda of governance

ß Set up an alternative political energy that can transform the city

Our approach:

SwarajIndia stands for people’s control over their destiny, for people’s power to decide on matters concerning their well-being and for their right to direct the apparatus of government and hold the rulers accountable. We believe that participatory, accountable and responsive governance must begin at the village/municipal governance. This is whySwaraj India begins its electoral journey from the grassroots.

Municipal governance is the most critical and neglected tier of governance in the NCT of Delhi.As it is, Delhi is a victim of messy architecture of governance and political indifference. It got worse in the last two years with routine and avoidable confrontation between Delhi government and the LG on the one hand and Delhi government and the MCDs on the other. Swaraj India promises to usher in a new culture of governance in a spirit of constructive collaboration with Central and State government.

Municipal governance in our country has neglected theissues of environment. We propose to place environment at the heart of urban governance. This would require a long journey of recovery, reform and redesigning.

Our priorities:

Within the powers allocated to the MCD in the given constitutional scheme, we propose to focus on improving the quality of living for people of Delhi through:

  1. Sustainable solid waste management so as to maximize recycling and minimize ‘waste’ for landfills
  2. Drain water management and stagnant water avoidance so as to cut down water and vector-born disease
  3. Reduce air pollution and health challenges associated with it
  4. Improve quality of civic amenities, especially for the bastis, colonies and villages
  5. Ensuring fiscal health of Municipalities so that these can meet their responsibilities
  6. Eliminate corruption in the working of Municipalities
  7. Ensure citizens participation and community decision making

Our Plan of Action

1. More money with MCDs, better utilization

Fiscal strengthning: increase the municipal revenue through corruption-less tax collection, re-categorization of colonies by a new Valuation Committee, fuller utilization of existing advertisement and parking facilities and creation of new spaces.

ß Fiscal independence: Create environment for the Delhi and Central governments to fulfill their constitutional duties including providing MCDs their fair share of basic tax proceeds as recommended by 4th Finance Commission i.e. raise it from current 4% to 12.5% and provide 100% reimbursement of the education expenses

  • Create stronger mechanisms for recovery of dues, including from DDA, ranging from improving contract management to litigation
  • Fiscal discipline: Review and strengthen guidelines around the usage of the councilor funds and other schemes so as to cut down wasteful expenditure.

2. Zero-corruption governance

  • Ensure transparency in the entire tendering process, by placing in the public domain the tender announcement, bidding process, tender award details, tender completion date, tender payment date, or schedule, public evaluation though photographs of the work done against each tender.
  • ß Adoption of Citizens’ Charteroutliningtime frame for delivery of key services
  • ß Most routine applications and certificates to be processed online(with offline option) to reduce avenues of corruption; revamping of MCD portals
  • Creation of work ethics committee to investigate incidents and reports of misconduct & malpractices
  • Creation of anonymous feedback and whistle blowing process reporting directly to the work ethics committee to address rampant corruption
  • Award regular licenses to street vendors (rehri-patari) so as to end institutionalized system of bribery
  • Normal salary to MCD councilors that covers their livelihood needs and routine expendirure, as in the case of other peoples’ representatives.

3. Money and power with local communities

  • Untied grants to RWAs/ civic associations to meet their small requirement for sanitation and routine upkeep of civil amenities
  • Involving local community in decision making and review of actual expenditure of councilors fund

Municipality to liaison with Delhi government in ensuing that public voice is heard on opening of new and continuing of old liquor vends

  • Involving community organisations including RWAs and NGOs at every stage of planningand execution of local schemes

4. Garbage-free (Kachara-Mukt) Delhi

ß Mandatory at source segregation of the MSW by the generating entities


Biodegradable, Non-Biodegradable and Domestic hazardous waste, as per Solid Waste

Management Rules 2016

ß Mandatory energy conversion of waste. Use the segregated waste to run ‘bio-methanation’, ‘Waste to Energy’ and composting plants. Compost making plants near all the ‘mandis’. Use vegetable and dry waste to make in-situ compost.

   ß Phased ban of ‘single use’ use plastic ware: ban plastic carry bags and tea cups followed by plastic pouches and all the non-recyclable plastic packaging

  • Enforcement of Construction and Demolition Waste Management rules, 2016 ß Integration of all the sanitation related processes under one umbrella whether executed by MCDs or private vendors; formalization of individual rag pickers, waste dealers and private sweepers to recognize their role and integrate them with SWM plan
  • Formulation of clear policy on regularization of ‘SafaiKaramcharis’ with an advancement in their working conditions; State of the art masks and ‘No Bare Hands’ policy
  • To ensure regular clearing of garbage by contractors, CCTV monitoring of every Dhalao( the collection point).

5. Epidemic-free (Mahamari-mukt) Delhi

  • Implementation of Integrated and Coordinated Storm Water Management Plan with 3 tiered i.e. Prevention, Control and Remediate approach with special focus on unauthorized,

JJC and slum areas

ß Elimination of stagnant water which is the breeding ground of mosquitoes spreading dengue, chikengunya epidemic

  • Creation of ‘Monsoon Readiness Task Force’ with specific purpose of assessing city’s readiness and highlighting potential failure points every season
  • Creation of control rooms for complaint monitoring and remedial actionof pumping the logged water out. Establish a Central Co-ordination and Control Cell (CCC), one month before the peak season of vector borne diseases.
  • Massive pre-monsoon/monsoon awareness program by roping in RWAs.
  • Ensure clean and flowing drains to avoid mosquito breeding. Cover SWDs and ensure that water does not stagnate. Also, fill the potholes and flatten other sites which collect rainwater and help breeding.
  • Introduce fish/predators that consume larvae intopermanent water bodies. Fogging/spraying of herbal repellants/insecticides.

6. Pollution-free (Pradushan-mukt)Delhi

  • Vaccum cleaning of bigger roads and night cleaning of smaller roads and streets. Sprinkling of water on unpaved roads every two days; plant grass there.

Complete stop to the open waste burning of the city’s MSW by integration of MSW generation with composting and waste treatment plants, there-by improving 15% of the air quality

  • Create capacity and necessary infrastructure to implement the MCD’s area of responsibility under the graded response action plan for variety of air pollution levels in Delhi as Notified by Ministry Of Environment, Forest And ClimateChange, New Delhi, Dt. 12th January,2017
  • Leaf composters in every park to avoid leaf burning and thus, air pollution.
  • Ensure installation of more air quality monitors
  • Ban on diesel gensets
  • Massive tree plantation exercise in all the wards for long term benefit – cleaner air, cooler air, oxygen rich air.

7. Public toilets

  • An independent monitoring agency to report regularly on the state of affairs of existing public toilets maintained by MCD including schools
  • Creation of at least one public convenience area (with 3 user capacity, both for male and female) in designated areas such as markets, shopping areas, parks and gardens.
  1. Civic Amenities

ß Access to public parks for each citizen within 2 km of residence

ß High quality public parks infrastructure including swing sets, play structures, complete

        grass cover, modernized tracks, gazebo, rain shelter and high mast lighting

ß Launch scheme for citizen, community and private sector partnership in the

        maintenance of public parks

9. Education

  • Encourage and facilitate takeover of all MCD schools by the State government; ß Creation of an education fund with 100% support from Central government in the meanwhile to manage education related expenses as recommended by 4th Delhi Finance Commission
  • Focus on quality of education through a series of innovative interventions
  • Frame a plan to fill all the teacher vacancies at all the levels
  • Ensure 100% coverage of the Mid-Day Meals scheme with policy of ‘No Child Left Behind’ and ensure that standard of 450 Kcal/100 gm is met without any exceptions
  1. Health

ß Creation of MCD PreCon Task Force (Malaria, Chikungunya, Dengue Prevention andControl) with competent professionals and subject matter experts

       ß Development and Deployment of early warning systems and epidemiological


      ß Enhanced vector surveillance with posting of domestic breed checkers, comprehensive

              antilarval & anti adult measures with focus on eco-friendly methods

11. Roads and Streets

ß Create a Road Development and Maintenance Fund to ensure that the appropriate focus is given to the roads

Decongest Delhi Roads and Streets by removing damaged/old vehicles, develop a plan for the resolving the issue of encroachment

12. Parking

  • All the incomplete/under construction parking projects be completed in a timely manner, with complete modernization of the existing parking spaces in a phased approach, better lighting, security & aesthetics features
  • Differential pricing based on parking type to increase Multi-Level Underground Parking usage
  • Develop an app “Get My Parking” for end user to view the parking availability, charges, ability to make payment, reserve a spot etc.