Delhi: Sealing boost to cash-strapped north civic body, earnings rise in January
North body’s monthly collection from parking and conversion charges increase revenues six-folddelhi Updated: Feb 07, 2018 12:27 IST
The North Delhi Municipal Corporation collected ₹76.9 crore as parking and conversion charges from violating shopkeepers in January, a statement released by the civic body said on Monday. Collections for January were nearly six times the average charges collected by the civic body each month in 2017, officials said.
The sudden jump in collections comes amid the ongoing sealing drive against misuse of residential premises as commercial and unauthorised constructions that began in December last year.
“Between April, 2017, and February 3, 2017, the Corporation said it has collected ₹190.16 crore as conversion and parking charges. While the collection was ₹76.9 crore in January, it was ₹3.49 crore in the first three days of February,” a spokesperson for the North Corporation said.
Meanwhile, the South Corporation said it had collected ₹274 crore between April 2017 and January this year as parking and conversion charges. The corporation has sealed 693 premises since December 15, when the sealing drive began.
Officials of the three municipal corporations are supervising a sealing drive that started in the last week of December in accordance with the instructions of a Supreme Court-appointed panel. Shops and restaurants being sealed have either not paid conversion charges — the premium for converting residential premises into commercial ones — or have flouted permitted floor area ratio (FAR) norms.
Officials from the North Corporation said so that they had sealed 970 commercial establishments, which included 951 for misuse of residential as commercial premises and 19 for unauthorised constructions.
Officials added that the collections increased after the drive was started. In the past five years (2012-2017), the corporation collected ₹644 crore as conversion and parking charges with the annual collection ranging between ₹106 crore and ₹145 crore.
The sealing drive has sparked a backlash from the traders besides assuming political resonance as both the AAP and the BJP have blamed each other for the crisis. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the land-owning agency, has is in the meantime working on tweaking norms to provide relief to the traders.