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Tax: Rural areas fail to fare well

delhi Updated: Oct 26, 2011 01:14 IST
Hamari Jamatia
Hamari Jamatia
Hindustan Times
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Despite the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) implementing various schemes for generating increased property tax, Shahdara (North), Rohini and Narela have registered lesser property tax than last year.

Central zone that includes areas such as Lajpat Nagar and South Extension, has seen the maximum collection in the first half (April to October) of the current fiscal.

The difference in the property tax between the rural belt of Narela and the more prosperous areas of Delhi has once again brought to focus the MCD trifurcation, which MCD leaders believe will lead to financial mismanagement in the city.

With MCD being split into three parts, leaders feel that only areas that earn revenue will see developmental activities while those areas that see less revenue will see lower development activities.

“At present MCD is one single entity and money is spent equally in all areas irrespective of whether it is rural or urban. But once trifurcation happens, rural areas and areas that earn less revenue might get neglected,” said Jagdish Mamgain, chairman of MCD works committee. He added that apart from revenue problems, MCD employees also feel insecure of their seniority, promotional prospects and salaries with the impending trifurcation.

Compared to Rs 558 lakh collected during April to October last year, Narela has collected Rs 525 lakh during the same period this year. Rohini’s collections have been Rs 2,310 lakh compared to Rs 2,372 lakh last year during the same period.

Shahdara (North) Zone has collected only Rs 246 lakh this year, compared to Rs 292 lakh last year. It has registered the lowest collection of property tax due to the mushrooming unauthorised colonies there.

However, with property tax collection from 12 zones at Rs 912 crore, the MCD has increased their collections of property tax by Rs 75.16 crore in the first half of the current fiscal.