Govt asks Doon civic body to submit house tax rate details
The Uttarakhand government has asked the Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) to submit details of disputed house tax rates that have been in the eye of storm for months now.dehradun Updated: Jun 13, 2015 08:13 IST
The Uttarakhand government has asked the Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) to submit details of disputed house tax rates that have been in the eye of storm for months now.
In September last year, the DMC released house tax rates through self-assessment method (where residents submit details related to their own properties) on residential properties falling within its limits.
For the purpose, properties were divided into nine sub-categories under three broad categories depending upon their location, quality of construction and the width of the approach road. The tax rates were fixed on a per square feet per month basis, triggering complaints of disparities from more than a dozen wards.
The matter was recently referred to the state government which has now sought comprehensive details from the civic body in a week.
“We have asked the DMC officials to submit specific details of rates in each ward, the rates which have been opposed and comparative figures of past and present rates in a week's time. We will take further action accordingly,” urban development secretary DS Garbyal told HT on Friday.
In some areas, houses located along 20 to 30-feet-wide roads are being made to pay house tax at the same rate as that of bordering posh areas having 50 to 80 feet wide roads.
For instance, Neelam Devi, a schoolteacher residing in the once-rural Kandoli locality in Sahastradhara Road ward, alleged she was forced to pay house tax at the same rate of the nearby posh Rajpur Road area.
“This despite the fact that there are hardly any civic facilities such as proper drains, streetlights or garbage disposal being provided by the DMC in our area," she told HT.
However, according to the Uttar Pradesh Municipal Corporation Act 1959 (adopted by the DMC), the civic body cannot bring about a change in the tax rates until two years of the date of publication -- September 2016.
As a result, the DMC authorities had referred the matter to the government seeking its decision in the matter in April this year.
Assuring speedy disposal of the tax rate debate, Garbyal, however, said the decision would be taken after "in depth study" to ensure a win-win situation for both the DMC and the residents.
"House tax is one of the most important sources of revenue generation for the municipal corporation. At the same time, we cannot allow unnecessary (house tax) burden on residents. So, we would try to arrive at a decision which treads the middle path,” Garbyal said.
Additional municipal commissioner Kushm Chauhan said details sought by the government were being currently prepared by the officials.
“We shall be submitting the reports to the government very soon," she told HT.
Some localities from where tax-related inconsistencies have been reported: