Municipal Corporation of Delhi

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Municipal of Delhi
दिल्ली नगर निगम
Municipal Corporation of Delhi Logo.svg
Seats 272 (Now trifurcated into North, South and East - North and South civic bodies with 104 members each and the East civic body with 64 members)
Political groups
  Bharatiya Janata Party (181)
Political groups

  Aam Aadmi Party (48)

  Indian National Congress (30)
Last election
April, 2017
Meeting place
MCD Civic Centre

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is a municipal corporation, an autonomous body that governs 8 of the 11 Districts of Delhi, in the state of Delhi, India. It was one of three municipalities in the National Capital Territory of Delhi, the others being New Delhi Municipal Council, and Delhi Cantonment Board. "The MCD was among the largest municipal bodies in the world providing civic services to more than estimated population of 11 million citizens in the capital city.[1] The municipal corporation covers an area of 1,397.3 km² (539.5 mi²).

Civic Centre (28 floor)located on Minto Road, New Delhi is the headquarters of Municipal Corporation of Delhi.

Within its jurisdiction are some of the most densely populated areas in the world. It has also the unique distinction of providing civic services to rural and urban villages, resettlement colonies, regularised unauthorised colonies, Slum/Squatter Settlements, private 'katras' etc.

Dr Shyam Prasad Mukherjee Civic centre - Headquarters of Municipal Corporation of Delhi

MCD came into existence on the 7th of April, 1958 under and Act of Parliament. Prior to that DMC ( Delhi Municipal Committee ) was the principal civic body of Delhi. Eminent Freedom Fighter Guru Radha Kishan has the honour to represent MCD ( initially Delhi Municipal Committee ) for most consecutive years as a Councillor. The first elected Mayor of Delhi was Pt. Trilok Chand Sharma served as First Mayor of Delhi. Since then, the Municipal Body has always been alive in its constitution and functioning to the growing needs of citizens. The 1993 amendment of the Act brought about fundamental changes in composition, functions, governance and administration of the corporation.

MCD zones and employee list[edit]

The entire MCD area is divided into 12 zones spread across three smaller municipal corporations:

  1. City
  2. Karol Bagh
  3. Sadar Paharganj
  4. Civil Lines
  5. Narela
  6. Rohini
  • South Delhi Municipal Corporation[3]
  1. Central Delhi
  2. South Delhi
  3. West Delhi
  4. Najafgarh
  • East Delhi Municipal Corporation[4]
  1. Shahdara South
  2. Shahdara North



The 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendments were introduced in 1992 and were meant to facilitate greater decentralization at the rural and urban level respectively. They did so through providing legal status to local assemblies and entrusting them with greater functions and powers. The inclusion of certain social categories that had historically been marginalized from policy making and implementing structures was fundamental to the project of decentralization. These social categories were the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and women. While the 73rd Amendment applies to the Panchayati Raj system, the 74th Amendment applies to Municipal Corporations, Municipal Councils and Nagar Panchayats depending on the size of the city. The 74th Amendment states:

“Not less than one – third (including the number of seats reserved for women belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) of the total number of seats to be filled by direct election in every Municipality shall be reserved for women and such seats may be allotted by rotation to different constituencies in a Municipality.


As of 2011 India census,[1] Delhi Municipal Corporation (U) had a population of 11,007,835. Males constitute 55% of the population and females 45%. Delhi Municipal Corporation (U) has an average literacy rate of 87.6%, higher than the national average of 74.0%: male literacy is 91.44% and, female literacy is 83.20%. In Delhi Municipal Corporation (U), 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.


In 2012 the Municipal Corporation of Delhi was 'trifurcated', ie split into three smaller municipal corporations. The new North Delhi Municipal Corporation and South Delhi Municipal Corporation each contain 104 municipal wards, the smaller East Delhi Municipal Corporation contains 64 wards.[6][7]

The municipal election of April 2012 saw the Bharatiya Janata Party of India (BJP) win the highest number of seat in each of the three new corporations. After nearly 14 years of running the MCD this was the third consecutive victory for the BJP. The next election is scheduled for 23 April 2017.[8]

The results of the 2012 elections were:[9]

North Delhi
SN Party Seats
1 Bharatiya Janta Party 59 -
2 Indian National Congress 29 -
3 Bahujan Samaj Party 7 -
4 Others 9 -
Total 104
South Delhi
SN Party Seats
1 Bharatiya Janata Party 44 -
2 Indian National Congress 29 -
3 Bahujan Samaj Party 5 -
4 Others 26 -
Total 104

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) did not win a majority in South Delhi, so they allied with independent candidates/other parties that had a small proportion of seats to make that number by which it could administer corporation.

East Delhi
SN Party Seats
1 Bharatiya Janata Party 39 -
2 Indian National Congress 19 -
3 Bahujan Samaj Party 3 -
4 Others 0 -
Total 64

2017 MCD Elections[edit]

North, South and East MCD, with a total of 272 seats, went to polls in April 2017. BJP won the election for third consecutive time which was conducted in April 2017[10]


  1. ^ a b "Cities having population 1 lakh and above" (PDF). censusindia. The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Zonal Structure of NDMC". North Delhi Municipal Corporation. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Zonal Structure of SDMC". South Delhi Municipal Corporation. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Zonal Structure of EDMC". East Delhi Municipal Corporation. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  5. ^ BJP storms Town Hall, infighting breaks out in Congress- Hindustan Times
  6. ^ "The Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Act 2011(Delhi Act 12 of 2011)". Department of Law, Justice & Legislative Affairs. 29 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Economic Survey of Delhi 2014 - 2015" (PDF). Government of NCT of Delhi. p. 1. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "Delhi MCD Elections 2017 – Dates, Polling Schedule, Latest Updates & Notifications - Delhi MCD Elections Results 2017". Delhi MCD Elections Results 2017. 24 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "MCD election results 2012: BJP voted back to power". Zee News. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  10. ^ Delhi Municipal Election Results

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