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Election sop: New legal colonies get tax exemption

In yet another pre-election sop for newly turned legal colonies, the Delhi government has told the civic bodies not to collect property tax from such areas till layout plans are not finalised. HT reports. Cheer for many

delhi Updated: Mar 31, 2013 01:10 IST
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In yet another pre-election sop for newly turned legal colonies, the Delhi government has told the civic bodies not to collect property tax from such areas till layout plans are not finalised.

The move drew sharp reactions from the BJP-led municipal corporations, which termed the decision "an election gimmick".

The government had regularised a number of illegal colonies in the city last year.

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"We have told the three civic agencies not to collect property tax from new regularised colonies till the time layout plans are not ready. It is only when a layout plan is complete, we will know the exact area of the property to be taxed," said Arvinder Singh, Delhi urban development minister.

Parliamentary Secretary to the chief minister Mukesh Sharma reiterated the decision not to levy property tax on the 895 colonies regularised by the Delhi government last year.

However, political leaders of the three civic bodies said there was no clarity on who is going to prepare the layout plans and the government has also not provided funds to the corporations for it.

"There is so much confusion about who is preparing the plans and if the Resident Welfare Associations (RWA) are to be roped in, then which RWA should be authorised to do so. We have so far not collected property tax from these colonies. But all that the state government is doing is making announcements to appease the voters, not realising that it is only confusing them further," said Mahender Nagpal, leader of the house in the North Delhi Corporation.

But the Congress said unless the colonies were provided basic amenities, they should not be taxed.

Sharma claimed that even the unified MCD had tried to levy property tax on all 1,639 unauthorized colonies in 2010 but the "move was nullified by the city government".

"The corporations must provide all basic amenities on a par with regularised colonies. Their request to levy property tax would be considered only after that," said Sharma.

The Congress faced a humiliating debacle in the last municipal polls and with the assembly elections scheduled later this year, the ruling party is going all out to woo lakhs of people living in new legal colonies spread across Delhi.