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MCD doles out election sop: No property tax hike this year

Thanks to the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Delhiites have once gain been spared a property tax hike this year.

delhi Updated: Mar 13, 2009 00:43 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Thanks to the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Delhiites have once gain been spared a property tax hike this year.

The executive wing of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has proposed an increase of 24 per cent property tax citing that not raising taxes leads to decrease in the global share of Delhi, which has an impact on the funds of the civic agency.

In addition, they have claimed that due to implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission the civic agency has an additional burden of Rs 1,080 crore to pay employees as arrears.

However, after a dismal performance in the Delhi Assembly elections, the BJP led MCD is wary of increasing taxes in the election year.

The civic agency is going to reject the proposal that is going to be tabled in the standing committee meeting of the MCD on Friday.

“The schedule of taxes have already been decided and we are not in favour of increasing taxes. The standing committee will reject the commissioner’s proposal regarding a hike as it is our prerogative to decide the rates,” said standing committee chairman Vijendra Gupta.

Opposition leader J.K. Sharma said, “According to the chief statistical officer of Delhi government the present prize index has been prepared as per changes in the consumer price index. There is a provision under section 116 (J) of the DMC Act which allows this tax increase.”

The Opposition claimed according to the proposal there would be an increase of Rs 781 from the existing Rs 630 for Category A, which includes posh colonies.

Under category B this increase will be Rs 620 as compared to Rs 500 at present. Under category C this increased rates will be Rs 496 as compared to Rs 400 at present whereas under category D this increase will be Rs 397 as compared to Rs 320.

Unit area value in E category has been increased from Rs. 270 to 335, in F category from Rs 230 to Rs 285, in G category from Rs 200 to Rs 248 and in H category increase will be from Rs 100 to Rs 124.

First Published: Mar 13, 2009 00:43 IST