No new taxes, poster-free city in budget: NDMC panel
The Standing Committee of the NDMC today rejected all proposed new taxes and hike in old ones and sought to make the national capital "poster-free", in the civic body's budget tabled in its House today.
New Delhi: The Standing Committee of the NDMC today rejected all proposed new taxes and hike in old ones and sought to make the national capital "poster-free", in the civic body's budget tabled in its House today.
Chairman of the Standing Committee of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation Mohan Bhardwaj presented the budget in a special meeting of the House.
"The committee rejects all new tax proposals and hike in the old ones. We do not wish to put burden on the masses," Bhardwaj said.
The budget also proposed to end the tax on horse cart and other types of carts carried by animals, by amending the Delhi Municipal Corporation (DMC) Act.
Under the 'Swachch Bharat Mission', the committee also outlined a plan to make the city poster-free.
"Under the proposed scheme, some sites and properties will be identified for sticking posters. Rest of the areas will be made a 'zero-tolerance' zone," he said.
The panel also increased the budget for works to be carried out in unauthorised colonies.
"A sum of Rs 100 lakh has been earmarked for CCTV cameras in municipal schools. The funds for improvement of roads has been increased from Rs 5,200 lakh to Rs 7,800 lakh," he said.
"Budget for expenditure on women toilets has been increased from Rs 50 lakh to Rs 200 lakh and for women parks, from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh," he added.
The municipal commissioner in his budget speech in November had proposed a 50 per cent hike in base unit area value (BUAV) for property tax assessment, increase in lumpsum one-time street charge on vehicles and Rs 6 crore for 'Swachh Bharat' campaign.
But, with Delhi polls in the offing the BJP-led civic body played safe, by rejecting all the proposed new taxes.