In an effort to improve its financial position, the mayor of North Delhi Municipal Corporation, Ravinder Gupta, recently said that the corporation will impose usage charges on telecom companies that use its roads, footpaths or streetlight poles in its jurisdiction.
This will apply to any other company that use services of the municipal corporations.
The proposal is yet to become policy though, for which it needs recommendations of the decision-making bodies of the corporation — the standing committee and the North Delhi house.
Gupta said that by imposing usage charges on these departments, the corporation can earn revenue to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore every year.
“Such type of projects are already running in Pune, Bengaluru and Bhopal by the their municipal corporations. By implementing such projects, the financial condition of the corporation will improve,” the mayor said.
Gupta further informed that the corporation will provide the space for installation of at least four ATMs in each building in its headquarters.
“By this, not only citizens would get services at their doorstep but the corporation will also earn approximately Rs 140 crore of revenue per year,” he said.
Since May this year, the corporation has been fighting a financial crisis and has put measures in place to increase its revenue. The North corporation has been running in financial deficit of Rs 1,000 crore.
Some of these measures include bringing more property holders under its jurisdiction into the tax net, increasing conversion charges, increasing a new clustering policy for advertising and regularisation of floor plans in unauthorised colonies.