North Corpn offers more sops to property owners
Areas notified as commercial before 1962 get relief
Assembly elections in the city are still few months away, but BJP-ruled municipal corporations have already started giving poll sops to the city residents.
After waiving off conversion charges for property owners in Special Area Zones, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation announced on Thursday that owners of commercial property in areas which were notified as market areas prior to 1962 in Delhi Master Plan, would not have to pay conversion and parking charges.
Earlier every year the traders had to submit proof of running the trade prior to 1962.
Extending the benefit to the business community – core voter base of BJP, property owners dwelling in other areas would also not have to pay conversion and parking charges if they provide proof that they have been doing commercial activities from their property prior to 1962. “A state of confusion was prevailing over the issue, both amongst the property owners and the corporation officials since very long. We have been pursuing it at all levels. I wrote a letter to the Additional Solicitor General to clear confusion prevailing on it,” said leader of House in North Corporation, Mahendra Nagpal.
“The ASG has finally cleared that property owners in areas notified as commercial prior to 1962 would not have to pay the conversion and parking charges,” she added.
The decision would provide relief to thousands of property owners in over 20 commercial areas including Jama Masjid, Chitli Kabbar, Bazar Sitaram, Ajmeri Gate, Chandni Chowk, Fatehpuri, Lajpat Rai Market, Kashmiri Gate, Mori Gate, Malka Ganj, Subzi Mandi, Bara Hindu Rao, Sadar Bazar, Nabikari, Kadam Sharif, Ram Nagar Paharganj, Madal Basti, Manakpura, Naya Bazar and Jhandewalan Scheme Block-E.
Confirming the development, municipal commissioner P K Gupta said aorders have been given to the deputy commissioners of all the zones to comply by the orders.
Officials further clarified that the conversion and parking charges paid by some of the property owners in these areas would be adjusted under the head of house tax.
In case of property owners in other than the commercial areas, the owners would have to provide proof of the history of their business to claim the waiver.
“Such owners who have been doing commercial activities prior to 1962 would have provide proofs like trade license, house tax paid at commercial rate, electricity and power bills paid at commercial rate among others,” said standing committee chairman, Ram Kishan Singhal.