In 1952, Delhi was made a self-governing Part ‘C’ State with Legislative Assembly and a Council of Ministers. The States Reorganisation Commission (SRC) set up in December, 1953 concluded that the division of responsibility between the Centre and State Government of Delhi had not only hampered the development of the Capital, but had also resulted in a marked deterioration in the administration and standards. The Commission wanted Delhi as the National Capital to remain under the effective control of the National Government. However, it did provide for the formation of a Municipal Corporation to meet the self governance needs for its inhabitants. This led to the enactment of Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957 notified on 26th December, 1959.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi was constituted by amalgamation of the all the earlier bodies viz., Notified Area Committees and District Boards. The functions of the Delhi joint Water and Sewage Board constituted in 1926, Delhi State Electricity Board constituted in 1951 and the Delhi Road Transport Authority constituted in 1950 were also transferred to the Municipal Corporation under the statutory Committees, viz, Delhi Water Supply and Sewage Disposal Committee, Delhi Electricity Supply Committee and Delhi Transport Undertaking as provided in the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act 1957.
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