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Development fee: Legal colonies pay like illegal ones

THOUGH LEGALLY developed, the residents in many colonies have been paying development fee to the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) like illegal colonies. The residents of some colonies developed by the MP Housing Board and Bhopal Development Authority (BDA) are also paying the development fee.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2006 14:41 IST

THOUGH LEGALLY developed, the residents in many colonies have been paying development fee to the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) like illegal colonies.

The residents of some colonies developed by the MP Housing Board and Bhopal Development Authority (BDA) are also paying the development fee.

According to information, one and half decade old standing order has been forcing the BMC officials to realise the development fee from the residents of legal colonies like Saket Nagar and Shakti Nagar. However, the development fee is not being taken by the colonies recently handed over to the BMC.

The BMC officials said the development fee is being taken according to the agreement made when the colonies were handed over. The development fee is as high as Rs 55 per square feet in some of the colonies. According to officials, a proposal for the rationalisation of this fee is awaiting the approval of authorities. Besides, it was suggested that the amount collected as development fee should be spent in the same area. It is mandatory to spend the development fee amount in same colony as far as illegal colonies are concerned.

Some BJP corporators have raised their voice against realising this development fee. BJP corporator Kewal Mishra demanded that the required amendments be made in this regard. He said that development fee should not be realised from the residents of legal colonies at the time of reconstruction.

First Published: Apr 18, 2006 13:06 IST