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Around 3000 Mohalla Sabhas Across Delhi Soon
The AAP government is all set to expand the concept of "participatory budgeting" for local area development to the entire city. It aims to create 2,969 mohalla sabhas across Delhi. With mapping complete, each of these sabhas will cover 4,500 population and four polling booths on an average. The Arvind Kejriwal government had launched a mohalla sabha pilot project in 11 assembly constituencies. The 2016-17 budget is expected to make way for a city-wide plan for these sabhas. The move assumes significance in the run-up to the 2017 municipal polls as it may help increase the party's presence in the 272 wards. The government plans to notify these mohalla sabhas after the Kerjiwal-led cabinet approves the plan. While the government is clear that mohalla sabhas will not interfere with the existing constitutional layers of governance of the Centre, the state and municipalities, the fact remains that a fresh layer of administration will be added to the capital's profile. Swaraj (self rule) and a law to enable the same were at the heart of the AAP's pre-election manifesto. Delhi has different kinds of areas like JJ cluster, unauthorised colonies, rural villages, urban villages, planned colonies and group housing societies. The needs of the residents vary from area to area. Hence the mohallas have been carved out in a way that they represent a homogeneous profile, Marlena said. For an instance, the unauthorised colonies of Mandawali in Patparganj assembly segment will be found in one mohalla and the housing societies of the same constituency will come under a different mohalla.It is proposed that mohalla sabhas will hold meetings every two months. Each sabha will have a team of coordinators. They will be given a time-frame of about six months to initiate the process of the election of a committee comprising community representatives.