In a strong message to the Delhi government, the standing committee of the MCD on Wednesday passed a resolution for exempting areas under urban villages and unauthorised colonies from property tax and directed the municipal commissioner to stop sending notices in this regard with immediate effect.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s (MCD) standing committee under section 177 of the Delhi Municipal Corporation (DMC) Act passed a resolution to the effect that no property tax would be collected from areas under unauthorised colonies and urban villages.
The committee also passed a condemnation notice under section 74 of the DMC Act against the Delhi government.
The civic body has been in conflict with the Delhi government over the issue of property tax in these areas with both the agencies blaming each other for not taking relevant steps.
After Delhi’s finance minister AK Walia criticised MCD for collection of property tax from unauthorised colonies and urban villages, the civic body, on Tuesday, hit back demanding issue of notification by Delhi government for exemption from property tax in these areas.
“The MCD has to finalise the layout plans but before that Delhi government has to finalise the boundaries, which has not been done,” standing committee chairperson Yogender Chandolia had said on Tuesday.
Earlier on Monday, Walia, while replying on property tax issue on these areas, had said: “The MCD has been collecting property tax from 9 lakh dwelling units whereas they have no interest in providing civic services.”