The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), in reply to a query under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, has stated that the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) hasn’t paid property tax since 1997.
The property tax rules required the DDCA to pay tax under Rateable Value (RV) till 2004 and then, through Unit Area Method (self-assessment of the property value) from 2004 till now.
Out of the Rs 91 lakh-plus, which the DDCA is supposed to pay MCD for 1997-98 till 2004, they have paid just Rs six and a half lakh in the past 13 years.
“The Additional Commissioner of Revenue had said last October that no permission will be given to the DDCA to conduct matches. They got a temporary permission just a while back upon payment of Rs six and half lakh last year,” said Shankar Kapoor, who had filed the case.
HT is in possession of a copy of MCD’s RTI reply.
When contacted, the DDCA said that they have already filed an application with the MCD seeking exemption on the tax. “We have sought exemption,” said an official.
“MCD is pursuing the matter with the DDCA authority regarding outstanding payment,” said Deep Mathur, Director, Press and Information, MCD.
It was DD’s decision to stay away: Police
Meanwhile, security was stepped up in and around the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium after twin blasts rocked the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
The police, however, said that despite the precautionary measures there is no threat. “We have beefed up the security on a routine basis.
“It is just a precautionary measure which we have taken after the blast in Bangalore,” said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity.
The police also said that it was the Delhi Daredevils team management’s decision to stay away from practice and it had nothing to do with the security scenario, which was already beefed up.