Development hit in 13 villages as Chandigarh administration refuses Rs 102 crore grant – ET RealEstate

CHANDIGARH: The UT administration has refused to give Rs 102 crore financial grant for the development of 13 villages transferred to the municipal corporation (MC) in 2019, in a major blow for residents and the civic body that will be unable to start any key works.

“The administration told us they don’t have the finances right now. If the central government releases some amount in the revised estimates (RE), only then the money will be available for the current financial year. So, the developmental plan of these villages will remain on papers for now,” an official of the MC said.

These villages have no councillors, with nominated councillors looking after them. They have been holding regular meetings with residents. Based on the interactions and the input of the nominated councillors, the engineering department had prepared the plan that was waiting for funds to be implemented.

The developmental plan included building roads, laying storm water pipes and sewer lines, electrical and horticulture works, supply of water and putting up 1,200 tubewells in different locations. Bringing canal water in a few villages was also a prominent part of the plan.

A senior officer of the MC said, “Although the financial estimate has been sent after an intensive exercise, there is no hope of getting any immediate financial help from the administration. Senior officers were regularly told about the importance of the works, but since the allocated grant-inaid of the MC was deducted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is hardly any chance of securing additional funds.”
Development hit in 13 villages as Chandigarh administration refuses Rs 102 crore grantThe 13 villages, whose developmental plan was prepared, are Behlana, Daria, Dhanas, Khuda Lahora, Khuda Jassu, Khuda Ali Sher, Kaimbwala, Mauli Jagran, Makhan Majra, Raipur Khurd, Raipur Kalan, Sarangpur and Kishangarh. Earlier, all these villages were under the control of the panchayat department of the administration. The civic body authority has already taken over the record of these villages to ensure works.

Officers of the engineering department had visited the areas to assess the situation and had prepared the plan. Moreover, ideas, suggestions, views of the local people, including political representatives, were also taken.

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Chandigarh civic body seals 29 commercial buildings in last nine months – ET RealEstate

CHANDIGARH: After showing reluctance to deposit commercial property tax even after getting regular notice and subsequent attachment or sealing notices and sufficient time for the same, Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh has sealed 29 commercial properties throughout the city in nine months of this year from January till September. All these commercial properties are located in the key commercial areas of the city, like sector 22, 26, 35, 36, 37, 38, 20, 34, 40 Manimajra etc.

As per records of the civic body authority, these commercial properties comprise both SCO (shop-cum-office) and booths of different trades of business. Sources revealed that majority of these commercial properties were carrying lakhs of rupees arrears of previous years, they did not pay their arrears, which forced the MC to take stringent actions against them and after sealing they deposited the money.

“Sealing is not our motive, but we didn’t have any other option in the cases of these 29 properties, as they were intentionally not making the payments. The moment we sealed their commercial establishments, they deposited the money and only after that their properties were unsealed or allowed to open for doing their normal business in routine manner. We were even ready to make installments in the cases, where tax payers were not able to pay the full amount, but despite they, tax payers showed the reluctance to pay their property tax amount and pending arrears”, a senior official revealed.

Since commercial property tax is the key segment of source of income for the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, they keep special vigil over this segment of tax payers. From the property tax of both commercial and residential, major chunk of amount come only from the commercial properties, as residential properties tax amount is quite less as compared to commercial tax and moreover in residential segment, all small, EWS, rehabilitation colonies were exempted from tax ambit, which is quite big number of residential properties.

As per records of the civic body authority, there are around 1.10 lakh property tax payers in the city. Out of which around 85 thousand are residential property tax payers, while there are around 26 thousand commercial properties have been identified in the city, those are falling in the tax ambit.

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