NDMC to undertake registration of cycle-rickshaws

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 20:20

New Delhi: Acting on a Delhi High Court judgement, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation on Wednesday decided to undertake registration of cycle-rickshaws and their licensing.

A proposal to this effect was passed at a meeting of the Standing Committee here.

"The fee for registration of cycle rickshaw is Rs 400 for five years, parking fee at Rs 300 to be paid once and license fee of Rs 50 per annum," Deputy Chairman of the Standing Committee, Vijay Prakash Pandey said.

"The registration of non-motorised vehicles has to be done in compliance of the High Court order and this task will now be done," he said.

The dispute over the Civic Center building, which currently houses the offices of both North and South Corporation, was raised once again at the meeting.

While the South Corporation is demanding the income from rent and taxes of the building, which approximately amounts to Rs 600 crore, be divided, the North Corporation is claiming its jurisdiction over the property in its zone.

"We have explained our stand to the Delhi government and are waiting for the reply," NDMC Commissioner P K Gupta said. Chairman of the Standing Committee Yogendra Singh Chandolia, however, reiterated the North Corporation`s stand that the money should not be divided.

"The building comes under North Corporation and hence we should receive Rs 600 crore. We will meet the chief minister on the issue," Chandolia added.

Earlier, Leader of the Opposition Mukesh Goyal raised the issue of unauthorised hoarding and parking in North Corporation zones, taking objection to the reply sent to him by the advertising department.

"When I asked the department about the number of unauthorised hoardings and sign boards in the area, they replied that such information is not available with them," Goyal said, distributing the official reply to members present.

"How can the department not know the answer to this question?" he asked. He also expressed concerns about under- recovery by the advertising department.

"Against the target of Rs 35 crore, only 12 crore have been recovered till now. Just how will we reach the intended amount by March 31?" Goyal asked.

In his reply, Pandey admitted that a lack of staff and process of trifurcation had led to less than optimum recovery. "We are trying our best to achieve the target," he said.

In addition, the opposition also questioned the allotment of parking sites to contractors who had not cleared their dues with other corporations.

"We have already directed that those contractors who have amounts due to any corporation not be allotted any sites, even if they are the highest bidders," Gupta clarified.

Intervening in the matter, Chandolia directed officials to register FIR in all six zones against those indulging in illegal parking.

"This will send a tough message to those indulging in such practices. Also, zonal officers will be authorised to take action against any offenders," he said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 20:20

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