Cong poll promise: Less tax and fewer sealings

The soon-to-be-unveiled elections manifesto of the Congress seems to be taking off from the weak points that led to the party’s defeat in the previous municipal polls.

Written by Prgaya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published:April 5, 2012 1:09 am

The soon-to-be-unveiled elections manifesto of the Congress seems to be taking off from the weak points that led to the party’s defeat in the previous municipal polls.

Having learnt its lesson from the negativity it faced due to the largescale sealing in the city ahead of the last elections,this time round the Congress promises inclusion of more roads under the mixed land use category,tax-free residential property in Lal Dora and approval of sub-division in the property.

The manifesto also promises to work towards lowering the burden on property tax payers.

According to a senior member of the Manifesto Committee,the manifesto promises no tax on village abadis where the property is for residential purpose.

“People are living in Lal Dora areas and not using it commercially. We propose not to tax them if the property is for residential purpose,” said the source.

The BJP-led MCD notified people living in societies to pay tax on uncovered areas like roads inside the society,parks and other areas.

“The notices sent to societies to pay tax on uncovered areas is unreasonable. They should pay only for covered areas. We are taking this issue to our voters during the campaigning,” said a senior leader. The party once again used the card of approving unauthorised colonies.

Sources in the Congress said one of the key issue in the manifesto would be issuing certificates to 1,600-odd unauthorised colonies. “Corporation takes a lot of time in getting back with the map,which is mandatory to issue a certificate. We will fast-track the process. which will benefit lakhs of people living in these areas. We will be able to provide them basic facilities,” said a source.

The party is also targeting MCD schools in its manifesto. “There are buildings,but no students. We will upgrade these schools in collaborations with the Delhi government. We have promised in manifesto to make the schools hi-tech. This will also help lessen the burden on Delhi government schools,” said the source. The manifesto committee,which is headed by MP Mahabal Mishra,has 25 members including Mukesh Goel and Farhad Suri. Congress will be releasing its manifesto on April 7.

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