Eight months on, UT administrator refuses to take a decision | chandigarh | Hindustan Times
Today in New Delhi, India
Oct 23, 2017-Monday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

Eight months on, UT administrator refuses to take a decision

After sitting on the file for the fixation of house tax for over eight months, UT administrator Shivraj V Patil has rejected the proposal by the Chandigarh administration to increase the house tax in the city. He has now asked the municipal corporation to increase the tax on its own.

chandigarh Updated: Sep 08, 2014 00:00 IST
Hillary Victor

After sitting on the file for the fixation of house tax for over eight months, UT administrator Shivraj V Patil has rejected the proposal by the Chandigarh administration to increase the house tax in the city. He has now asked the municipal corporation to increase the tax on its own.


Unhappy with the low house tax charged by the MC, the UT administration had mooted a proposal of increasing the tax on pattern of other progressive cities. Confirming the development, UT adviser KK Sharma said: "The administrator is of view that the house tax should be increased by the elected body."

Councillors, on their part, maintain that they would not increase the house tax at any cost.

BJP councillor Satinder Singh said: "We will not allow an increase in the house tax as the Congress has already cheated the residents by imposing the tax. We were assured that the tax will not be increased and will protest if the same if done."

The notification for charging house tax was issued in July 2013 and the administration had urged the MC to revise the tax within three months of the notification. However, the MC sent the revised proposal at the same rate as that charged last year to the UT administration.

Three reminders given
The civic body sent three reminders to the administration to approve the rates of house tax and after eight months the ball is now again in MC's court. Residents, on their part, continue to be clueless on how much tax they have to pay this year.

The administration had notified house tax in Chandigarh at the rate of `1 per square yard for houses covering an area of 125 square yards or more. The administration had exempted houses having plot area less than 125 square yards, economical weaker section (EWS), low income groups (LIG) category and houses in villages falling within the limits of the MC from paying the tax.

After the administration asked the MC to revise the rates, the civic body formed a six-member committee under the chairmanship of MC additional commissioner Sunil Bhatia and prepared the draft of revised rates. However, this proposal was rejected.

THE ISSUE AND STATUS NOW

The administration had notified house tax in Chandigarh at the rate of `1 per square yard for houses covering an area of 125 square yards or more.

The administration had exempted houses having plot area less than 125 square yards, economical weaker section (EWS), low income groups (LIG) category and houses in villages falling within the limits of the MC from paying the tax.

After the administration asked the MC to revise the rates, the civic body formed a six-member committee under the chairmanship of MC additional commissioner Sunil Bhatia and prepared the draft of revised rates. However, this proposal was rejected.