The Delhi Government would not allow the three Delhi Municipal Corporations to levy property tax in the newly regularised 895 unauthorised colonies till all the basic amenities are provided there, Parliamentary Secretary to Chief Minister and Congress Legislative Party spokesperson Mukesh Sharma said over the weekend.

Addressing representatives of Unauthorised Colonies Federation and RWAs, Mr. Sharma said the Delhi Government has taken the decision not to levy property tax in these colonies.

He said the BJP-ruled MCD had in 2010 too tried to levy property tax in all 1,639 unauthorised colonies but the move was nullified by the Delhi Government.

“The corporations must provide all basic amenities as per the level of amenities available in the regularised colonies. Their request to levy property tax would be considered only after that,” he said.

Claiming that the corporations were not concentrating on providing amenities whereas the Delhi Government has taken up developmental works in all such colonies through Delhi Jal Board, Public Works Department, Irrigation and Flood Control Department and Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation.

Mr. Sharma also alleged that the civic bodies were not pursuing the work of finalisation of lay out plans of these colonies diligently and this was depriving the residents of an opportunity to get their building plans sanctioned.

“The Delhi Government has provided the funds for the lay out plan finalisation and has also allowed registration of sale of these properties for the betterment of their owners, but the corporations are not acting promptly on them,” he said.

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