5 years on, MC waiting for UT nod to dispose of its properties

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 02, 2015 10:14 IST
As hundreds of booths were not allotted, the civic body suffered a loss of around Rs 7 crore. Shops in the Sector 17-22 subway are lying vacant (in display) for the past one decade. (Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)

Though the administration is pressing the civic body to increase water tariff and revise parking rates, more than five years have passed since the MC has not been given permission to dispose of over 300 properties lying vacant for over a decade in different areas, leading to loss of around Rs 7 crore to the MC.

Also, with earning of just Rs 49 crore this fiscal, the civic body is running way behind its target of Rs 70 crore.

Despite discussing the issue in the House several times in past five years, nothing has happened; the MC does even have a proper record of most of its properties.

Speaking to HT, former mayor Pardeep Chhabra, said, “Strange that on one hand the administration is forcing the MC to impose taxes, revise water tariff and revise paid parking rates, on the other hand it’s not granting permission to dispose of these properties.”

MC joint commissioner Rajeev Gupta said, “We are waiting for the approvals from the administration. Hope we will get it soon.”

MC apathetic about losses

Due to non-allotment of its hundreds of booths, the MC has suffered a loss of around Rs 7 crore. MC commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh had also constituted a committee in August last year to frame a policy for booth allotment, but things haven’t moved much. In the accountant general’s audit report released recently, it was stated the MC didn’t make efforts to lease out the booths, and that their condition has deteriorated over the years. These shops could have been leased out through advertisements in newspapers or internet, the report had stated.

Shops in the Sector 17-22 subway are lying vacant for the past one decade. However, after suffering a loss of over Rs 5 crore due to these 14 vacant booths for over 10 years now, the MC plans to auction them.

To enhance its overall revenue earnings, these shops were transferred to the MC in 1997. After five years, the shop tenants refused to pay the increased rent, and ultimately they surrendered the shops or vacated them.

Manimajra properties cry for attention

The MC had approved a layout plan to develop pocket number 6 in Manimajra in 2002, under which as many as 165 residential plots were to be auctioned but nothing has been done. Even, no sustained efforts have been made to develop pocket numbers 2 and 3 (backside of the fire station) and pocket numbers 4 and 5 (near Durga Nursery) in Manimajra.

Main sources of income

The MC’s main sources of income are property tax, paid parking lots, rent from cable operators, taxi stands, community centres, auction of seized articles, festival charges, rickshaw licence fee, rent from night food-street, subway shops, eating joints and liquor vends.

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