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12. Discretionary functions of the Council.

Subject to any general or special order of the Government, or the Central Government from time to time, the Council may provide either wholly or in part for all or any of the following matters, namely:

(a) the furtherance of education including cultural and physical education, by measures other than the establishment and maintenance of, and aid to, schools for primary education;

(b) the establishment and maintenance of, and aid to, libraries, museums, art galleries, botanical or zoological collections;

(c) the establishment and maintenance of, and aid to, stadia, gymnasia, akharas and places for sports and games;

(d) the planting and care of trees on roadsides and elsewhere;

(e) the surveys of buildings and lands;

(f) the registration of marriages;

(g) the taking of a census of population;

(h) the provision of housing accommodation for the inhabitants of any area or for any class of inhabitants;

(i) the providing of music or other entertainments in public places or places of public resort and the establishment of theatres and cinemas;

(j) the organisation and management of fairs and exhibitions;

(k) the acquisition of movable or immovable property for any of the purpose before mentioned, including payment of the cost of investigations, surveys or examinations in relation thereto for the construction or adaptation of building necessary for such purposes;

(l) the construction and maintenance of

(i) rest-houses,

(ii) poor-houses,

(iii) infirmaries,

(iv) children's homes,

(v) houses for the deaf and dumb and for disabled and handicapped children,

(vi) shelters for destitute and disabled persons,

(vii) asylums for persons of unsound mind;

(m) the construction and maintenance of cattle pounds;

(n) the building or purchase and maintenance of dwelling-houses for municipal officers and other municipal employees;

(o) any measures for the welfare of the municipal officers and other municipal employees or any class of them including the sanctioning of loans to such officers and employees or any class of them for construction of houses and purchase of vehicles;

(p) the organisation or management of chemical or bacteriological laboratories for the examination or analysis of water, food and drugs for the detection of diseases or research connected with the public health or medical relief;

(q) the provision for relief to destitute and disabled persons;

(r) the establishment and maintenance of veterinary hospitals;

(s) the organisation, construction, maintenance and management of swimming pools, public wash houses, bathing places and other institutions designed for the improvement of public health;

(t) the organisation and management of farms and dairies within or without New Delhi for the supply, distribution and processing of milk and milk products for the benefit of the residents of New Delhi;

(u) the organisation and management of cottage industries, handicraft centres and sales emporia;

(v) the construction and maintenance of warehouses and godowns;

(w) the construction and maintenance of garrages, sheds and stands for vehicles and cattle biers;

(x) the provision for unfiltered water supply;

(y) the improvement of New Delhi in accordance with improvement schemes approved by the Council;

(z) any measure not hereinbefore specifically mentioned, likely to promote public safety, health, convenience or general welfare.



New Delhi Municipal Council Act, 1994 Back




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