Delhi: Rs 10-lakh development incentive to RWAs for segregating waste – ET RealEstate

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NEW DELHI: To motivate residents segregate household waste, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has proposed to spend up to Rs 10 lakh for development work in areas where residents welfare associations (RWAs) are doing 100% segregation as per the solid waste management norms.

The standing committee chairman, Rajdutt Gahlot, has proposed allocation of Rs 5 crore in the 2021-22 budget for the project

“Though it needs the House’s nod before implementation, such projects are important to motivate people and automatically help in improving our Swachhta ranking,” he said. To identify such RWAs, SDMC plans to collect daily reports from the concessionaire picking door-to-door waste, Gahlot added.

“The proposal includes incentivising RWAs in residential areas, group housing societies and even DDA pockets. We will do only those tasks demanded by an RWA and no fund or cash will be transferred,” he said.

SDMC has also been felicitating RWAs doing good segregation work under the Swachh Survekshan campaign. Last year, SDMC had ranked 31 out of 47 cities.

Segregating household waste is eco-friendly behavior because it helps in recycling. Allocating money to RWAs already engaged in this practice will further encourage them and perhaps nudge those who aren’t already doing it to adopt the practice. Municipal bodies should spend more money in promoting such positive endeavours.TimesView

“Felicitating RWAs through competitions is part of the campaign and persuades others to contribute in keeping their area neat and clean,” said an official. For example, the RWA of Sector 7 Dwarka has got a small cash prize for arranging segregation of even biomedical waste generated at households.

The environment management services department said the segregation was made compulsory two years ago but the compliance had been comparatively low. “We have selected 58 wards to ensure 100% segregation and processing of waste. So far, 60-70% people are contributing to the cause,’ said an official.



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Court tells West Delhi RWA to get its nine colony gates regularised by SDMC – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: Delhi High Court has asked the resident welfare association (RWA) of a west Delhi colony to approach the civic body to get nine of its gates regularised.

Justice Najmi Waziri restrained South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) from taking any action to demolish gates of a colony in Rajouri Garden, after the local RWA approached it seeking time to get these regularised as per the 2007 policy of the civic body.

“The corporation should take a decision within four weeks, after hearing the petitioner through videoconferencing and/or physical hearing, whichever is suitable to the petitioner. The requisite documents should be filed and permissions from other authorities’ may be necessary, should be obtained by the petitioner.

In respect of manning the gates and keeping them open, the petitioner should observe the extant rules. Till then, SDMC should stay its hands against any precipitate measures apropos the said colony gates,” justice Waziri noted in his order while granting partial relief.

The court was hearing a petition by Rajouri Garden MIG Green Flats, opposing SDMC’s decision to dismantle/demolish the nine colony gates.

In its plea through advocate BL Wali, the RWA argued that many decades ago nine gates were installed at the entry points into the residential colony to secure its residents. While no one objected to their installation and existence because they served the larger public good, off late a former resident had complained to SDMC. The RWA contended that the complainant cannot claim the colony roads as public thoroughfares.

The court pointed out that in 2007 the corporation notified a policy for installation of gates in residential colonies and noted that even if the nine gates were installed prior to the policy, they would have to be regularised in terms of this policy.



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South Delhi civic body to allot land to DMRC for phase-IV at no profit no loss – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: South Delhi Municipal Corporation plans to allocate 13,347 sq metres of land in Chhatarpur and Khanpur to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for construction of Mass Rapid Transit System Phase-IV project from IGI terminal to Saket. The land has been granted at no-profit, no-loss rate of Rs 14,165 per sq metre.

The sites were finalised after joint inspection by officials from SDMC and DMRC early this year. The proposal will be placed before the next house for the final nod.

In Chhatarpur, DMRC will have to pay Rs 1.06 crores for 750 sqm of land allotted on a permanent basis, and around Rs 2.80 crore for 9,917 sqm of land allotted on a temporary basis for 4 years. Similarly in Khanpur, 1,266 sqm of land will cost the DMRC more than Rs 1.79 crore on a permanent allotment, and another 1,414 sqm will be allotted on a temporary basis for 3 years at Rs 30 lakh.

SDMC has also passed a proposal for allocating 18,360 sqm of land at Sarai Kale Khan to the National Capital Region Transport Corporation for the construction of an RRTS station and viaduct.



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HC seeks civic bodies’ stand on plea against commercial property tax on lawyers’ offices – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court Wednesday sought response of the three municipal corporations here on a plea by a lawyers’ association challenging commercial property tax on advocates’ offices.

A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan issued notice to the three local bodies — South Delhi Municipal Corporation, East Delhi Municipal Corporation and North Delhi Municipal Corporation — seeking their stand on the petition by the Delhi High Court Bar Association (DHCBA).

The court also asked DHCBA to advise its members to file tax returns for their residential properties.

The petition has challenged the municipal authorities’ decision to treat the use of premises by an advocate as ‘commercial activity’ and impose taxes accordingly.

The plea, filed by DHCBA through its President Mohit Mathur and Secretary Abhijat, has challenged an assessment order passed by SDMC in November 2018 and any other notice issued thereafter by the three MCDs for self assessment of property tax returns of lawyers offices under provisions of the Delhi Municipal Corporation (DMC) Act.

It has said that under the DMC Act, ‘use factor’ system was introduced in the new method of assessment of property tax and for advocates, there is no specific category but they are being charged on the basis of methods applicable on commercial properties which attract the highest tax.

“All the professionals form one class but the legal profession has been treated as part of commercial activity, which is illegal, arbitrary and contrary to the law laid down by this court,” the plea has said, adding that the office of legal professionals should be ‘use factor’ 1 which is for residential and public purpose.

It has also said that the Bar Council of Delhi sent a representation to the municipal corporations on July 21 for reduction of the ‘use factor’ 4 to 1 for levy of property tax in respect of offices of advocates in Delhi.

‘Use factor’ 4 is for business buildings which attracts the highest tax.

“Lawyers appear before the court to represent their clients but in effect assist the court to dispense justice and this cannot be a business or any commercial activity,” the plea, filed through advocate Nikhil Mehta, has said.

As an interim relief, the plea has sought to stay the operation of november 2018 notice issued by the authorities for self assessment property tax return of the lawyers office.



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