The district administration on Thursday decided to drastically revise the rent of enemy properties in the state capital from January 2017. Lucknow houses around 167 such properties, said to be highest in any district of the state. According to officials, it is, perhaps the first time that rents of the properties are being revised.
They said the decision would largely affect occupants of shops and commercial establishments in enemy property in the plush Hazratganj market. “It’s one of the state’s most expensive markets and these occupants pay just `180, `200 or `1,500 and this is too little to own a shop in the market,” an officer said.
He said these shops in Hazratganj would now have to pay 30 per cent of the market rent (as on March 31, 2013) that was `330 per square metre. “If the shop is established in 300 square metres, the tenant will have to pay 30 per cent of `99,000 per month,” he added.
Sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), Sadar Raj Kamal Yadav has also served notices to around 35 occupants of enemy properties, directing them to clear their pending dues by the end of December or face legal action, which includes penalty and evacuation as well. The district administration has launched a physical verification drive to find out how and when people become tenants of enemy property.
The SDM said the initiative was taken by taking into consideration the orders of Custodian of Enemy Property in India, ministry of home affairs, which were sent to district magistrate of Allahabad on June 27, 2013. “Since the orders were sent in 2013, it is decided that the rent is being calculated on the basis of market rent of property as on March 31, 2013,” said Yadav.
Calculation of the rent would be a little different. As per the order, which Yadav forwarded to tehsildars and others, the occupants of the properties (residential ) would have to pay 20 per cent of the market rate as monthly rent. “If the market rent of that particular area is around Rs 100, the occupant has to pay Rs 20,” Yadav told HT.
It was also decided that the rent of such residential property would be subject to 4 per cent annual increase for a period of 5 years, after which the rent would be revised again.
Besides, occupants of enemy properties bracketed in shop or commercial establishment category will have to pay 30 per cent of the market rate (as on March 31, 2013) as monthly rent. “In case of shops or commercial properties, the annual hike in the rent would be 6 per cent per year,” added Yadav.
Also, 20 per cent of market rate (as on March 31, 2013) would be fixed as base value for auction price in case of agricultural land and miscellaneous properties.
Meanwhile, owners of commercial establishments and shops in enemy property in Hazratganj ,called the move ‘unjust’ move and accused the custodian and district administration of not informing them earlier.
“It’s unjust on their part. Since past several decades, we have maintained the buildings, which is the sole responsibility of the owner of the building. Who will be paying the amount we spent in the upkeep of these monumental buildings? We were not informed even once, they don’t have the right to increase the rent, we will approach the Custodian for its final take,” said Sandeep Kohli, partner of Kohli Brothers and vice-president of Hazratganj Traders’ Association.