NDMC may levy service charge on embassies
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 22:10
New Delhi: Embassies located in the capital may now have to pay for a slew of services they have been enjoying free of cost till now.

The New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has got the External Affairs Ministry's nod for levying service charge on embassies situated in areas under its jurisdiction.

The MEA said the civic body can take service charges from embassies of countries which were collecting service charges from Indian embassies there, an NDMC official said.

"This is an ongoing process. The Standing Committee on Audit had directed us to approach the MEA. The MEA's protocol department has sent us a list of countries that take service charges from our embassies. Based on that, we are now computing the amount the embassies will have to pay," he said.

After computing, the list will be sent to the MEA for approval. "The MEA will then communicate the matter to embassies," the source said.

At present, the embassies pay electricity and water charges but not for several other services such as road maintenance, waste collection, street light maintenance and anti-mosquito fogging. Under international conventions, no property tax can be charged for embassy buildings.

The embassies may have to pay Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh a year on an average, but the actual figure will be only known after the computing process is completed.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 22:10

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