NDMC Budget rejects new taxes; Rs 10 'thali' for poor in all wards approved
The BJP-led North Delhi Municipal Commission Wednesday rejected proposals to hike property tax and levy two new taxes, as the cash-strapped civic body approved the budget, which also include a Rs 10 meal for poor people in all the 104 wards, officials said. The proposal for redevelopment of Town Hall as Heritage Hotel has also been approved by the corporation, they said.
The municipal commissioner had on December 7 proposed hike in property tax, levying of professional and betterment taxes, and plans for a health scheme on the lines of Ayushman Bharat for class-IV employees by the NDMC in its budget. The then commissioner Madhup Vyas had presented the revised budget estimates for 2018-19 and budget estimates for 2019-20 at the Civic Centre here.
"After several rounds of discussions, since then, the budget was today approved in a special meeting of the NDMC held here. "The revision of property tax rate and levying of the two new taxes were rejected in the final budget," the official said.
Sources said the hike in property tax and levying of new taxes were rejected by the BJP-led corporation, especially with general elections due in a few months. The finalised budget also includes, a scheme that would start from April 1, at one to five locations marked by councilors in all the 104 wards of the corporation. A budget provision of Rs 1,040 lakh has been made, the NDMC said in a statement issued on Wednesday.
The corporation also approved the redevelopment project of the 160-year-old Town Hall, saying proposal is to lease on annual reserve price of Rs 24 crore, the statement said. Other projects approved include redevelopment of Novelty Cinema for commercial use and redevelopment of staff quarters at Azadpur, Model Town and Bungalow Road, it said.
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