Rectifying the misuse policy notified in 2010, Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung on Tuesday reviewed and standardised the policy.
From now on, misuse for a period of five years, a discount or relief on the misuse of charges to the tune of 50 percent will be allowed.
Reportedly, during the authority meeting with agencies under the L-G, acknowledging the discrepancies in retrieving the money, Jung asked for standardisation of the charges.
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Senior officials said that for the past few years, the misuse charges varied from property to property and, in some cases, exceeded the rates of the properties leading to many owners and tenants evading paying the charges. As such, the DDA began suffering losses.
Accordingly, as per the new policy, for misuse of a period of five years, a discount or relief on the misuse of charges to the tune of 50 per cent will be allowed. For 10 years or less, 40 percent for preceding five years and 30 per cent for balance period will be charged. For 20 years and more, 50, 40, 30 per cent for each of the five year periods will be charged while 20 percent will be for the balance period.
However, in cases where the property has been rented out by the owner for commercial purposes or if a tenant has misused the property with the connivance and consent of the owner, tenant or the owner will be liable to pay misuse charges as per laid policy.
Additionally, the L-G also cleared the cycle policy proposed by the DDA, which will now be applicable to the city where all land-owning agencies and other urban local bodies will have to provide technical expertise as also provide land at nominal rates to encourage the use of public transport.
Under the new policy, specially designed cycles to discourage theft and fully automated locking system at stations that allow users to check cycles will be used. There will also be smart card integration wherein a single card may be used for all modes of public transport. The L-G instructed that all road-owning agencies, including the DDA, the MCD and the DMRC should provide technical guidance, land-owning agencies should provide space for stations at nominal rates and that all municipalities will be required to prepare and implement the policy.
The L-G also approved provision of additional land to DDU hospital for establishing a medical college and for increasing the number of beds. As per the proposal, additional land of 3.5 acres will be given to the hospital, which caters to a large rural population.