MCD takes on Delhi govt on unauthorised colonies

MCD accused the Congress govt of not giving enough funds for development in unauthorised colonies.

New Delhi: The Delhi government should
first finalise boundaries of unauthorised colonies which are
to be regularised before blaming MCD for the delay in clearing
their layout plans, the BJP-ruled civic body said on Tuesday.

It also accused the Congress government of not giving
enough funds to MCD for development in unauthorised colonies.

"So far as the issue of regularisation of unauthorised
colonies is concerned, MCD has to finalise the layout plans
but before that Delhi government has to finalise the
boundaries, which has not been done," chairman of MCD Standing Committee Yogender Chandolia told reporters.

He said the work of finalising the layout plans cannot
be done by the local body unless the Delhi government
finalises the boundaries of unauthorised colonies.

Urban Development Minister A K Walia yesterday told
the Delhi Assembly that the delay in clearing layout plans by
MCD is causing hurdles in the process of regularisation. He
had also said the civic body should find out where the money
given for sanitation in unauthorised colonies are going.

Chandolia said Delhi government has promised Rs 50
crore for development of unauthorised colonies for the year
2010-11 and only Rs 37.50 crore have been received so far.

"In all since 1998, only Rs 569 crore have been given
to MCD for the purpose. But it was wrongly informed (to the
House) that they (government) have given Rs 3326 crore to MCD for development in unauthorised colonies. It means they have diverted funds to the tune of Rs 2755 crore," he claimed.

The BJP leader also demanded that the Delhi government
should immediately issue the notification for property tax
exemption in rural villages, urban villages and unauthorised
colonies. "Government of Delhi had not paid any heed to five
resolutions passed by MCD during 2007-2010 in this regard."

The Assembly yesterday passed a motion that properties
in unauthorised colonies be exempted from house tax till their
regularisation while in rural and urbanised villages, original
owners or heirs of properties who are making personal use of
such units should also be exempted from tax.

Chandolia said Delhi government is not taking any
decision over MCD resolutions on reducing the age of senior
citizens from 65 years to 60 for the purpose of rebate in
property tax and increasing the rebate of 30 per cent to women and physically challenged for self-occupied properties from 100 sq m to 200 sq m.


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