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EDMC announces relief for illegal constructions, property tax exemption for senior citizens

East Delhi Municipal Corporation has decided to exempt those above 70 years from paying property tax. Those aged between 60 to 70 will get 25% rebate on one residential property registered in their name. The cut-off date for regularisation of illegal properties has also been proposed to be extended till January 21, 2017 from February 8, 2007.

delhi Updated: Feb 14, 2017 23:42 IST
Vibha Sharma
EDMC

Unauthorised constructions in east Delhi, done til January 21, 2017, may be regularised.

East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has cleared a proposal in this regard and sent it for approval to Delhi government. As per the provisions of Delhi Master Plan 2021, illegal constructions till February 8, 2007 in urban area and June 1, 2014 in rural area can be regularised by taking compounding fees (paid for getting the property regularised).

“People who buy houses constructed illegally with their hard-earned money must not live in the perpetual fear of demolition,” said Sanjay Jain, leader of the EDMC house.

As per of its budget proposals, the corporation has also decided to stop taking conversion charges from those who have already paid the amount for 10 years. For the rest, the rates will be reduced from Rs 192 per square metre to Rs 100 per square metre.

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For those who failed to pay the charges and exploited the properties in residential area for commercial use, the EDMC has decided to reduce the penalty from 10 times to 3 times.

In a big relief to the senior citizens in east Delhi, the corporation has decided to exempt those above 70 years from paying property tax. Similarly, those aged between 60 to 70 will get 25% rebate on one residential property registered in their name.

The municipal body has also decided to exempt residential properties up to 41.81 square metres from paying property tax, considering that most of the poor live in such houses.

The EDMC has about nine lakh properties but only 35% of them pay tax. “We collect R 375 crore as tax from 3.5 lakh properties every year. Of them Rs 10-15 crore is collected from the categories that are proposed to be exempted. The decision to give them relief is basically to help the poor,” Jain said.

The corporation also announced to reimburse the property tax, which is paid by its employees. “We can’t give them relax in the property tax directly so we have decided to reimburse the tax paid on their properties,” said Jain..

Other important proposals

1. Heart checkup centres would be develop in each ward and health checkup kit be made available at primary health centres and polyclinics of the Corporation for diagnosis of heart diseases.

2. Two diagnosis centres would be developed on PPP mode. Collection centres would be developed at each dispensary of the Corporation.

3. At least one toilet block exclusively for women and differently abled persons would be developed in each ward.

4. The service of property mutation will be made available online from next year. On the other hand, sanctioning of building plans is not necessary for plots between 106-500 sq metres.

5. Regularisation of illegal constructions done in laal dora areas and exempting them from building bye-laws

6. Besides schools, CCTV cameras would be installed in localities as per advice of RWAs in each ward.

7. A web application would be introduced for students of municipal schools which would comprise all details of the student.

8. English Model School would be developed in each ward. The beginning has been made with Kaushik Puri in Ward 235. For the purpose, Rs. 1.10 crore have been earmarked.

9. Apart from regular menu, once in 15 days, kheer or a sweet would be provided to students. Life insurance of municipal school students has been doubled from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1,00,000.

10. A scheme to convert the streetlight one lakh streetlight and 2800 semi half mast light into LED, of Rs. 130.9 Crore has been prepared and sent for approval of MoUD through DDA.

11. Allotment of community centers for social events orgasnied by RWAs and NGOs free of cost.

12. To clear the unused and abandoned cars from the open space, the Corporation would procure one crane for each zone.