Congress Councillor Devinder Singh Babla, who is a member of the committee, said that spending this amount is waste of money.
Rock Garden owes Rs 4.42 lakh as property tax. The Natural History Museum has been served a notice to pay property tax of Rs 13.53 lakh while the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, owes property tax of Rs 1.37 crore.
Rajesh Jogpal, Panchkula Municipal Corporation Commissioner, in an interview to Chandigarh Newsline explains the rationale behind the paid parking system in the city, similar to the one in Chandigarh.
The Municipal Corporation aims to earn a revenue of nearly Rs 10-17 crore per annum with this cess. Incidentally, to deal with the financial crisis that the MC has been facing for some time now, the House has already approved the imposition of cow cess.
The committee said that the car bazaar site at Hallomajra was near the residential area, which was sensitive, accident-prone and not secure for car dealers as well.
The committee members alleged that the MC put a financial burden on the residents of six villages by imposing property tax and making a necessary condition of getting building plans passed.
The committee members suggested that strict legal action be taken against regular violators to avoid water wastage through overflow and leakage of water tanks and pipelines in households and commercial areas.
The councillors, led by Mayor Davesh Moudgil, requested Badnore for a special financial assistance of Rs 150 crore for the time being to execute works like recarpeting of roads, construction of community centres, providing street lights, etc.
Meanwhile, vehicle owners claimed that the employees of Arya refused to accept their parking passes, issued by the company last month.
The sewerage cess would be 30 per cent of the water bills. The Chandigarh MC aims to collect a revenue of Rs 20 crore from the sewerage cess.
Cow cess to be levied on electricity bills, sale of four-wheelers, two-wheelers, country liquor, whisky and beer within municipal limits. Such a fee may be levided as may be prescribed for care and maintenance of uneconomic cows in the institution.
In the newly constructed buildings of the Chandigarh Housing Board, flats, having a covered area of up to 500 sq ft, would be charged Rs 1,000.
The annual membership fee of a community centre is likely to be hiked from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000. For senior citizens, the membership fee, which was just Rs 500, is likely to undergo a six-fold hike to Rs 3,000 per annum.
From Rs 40 lakh to Rs 80 lakh — that’s what the Chandigarh councillors demand for development of their wards. But do they utilise the already sanctioned fund optimally? Here’s a report card
Two coloured bins were distributed to residents and garbage collectors. Today, the scheme remains a non-starter. Even as the civic body spent Rs 2.2 crore on purchasing the new bins, the city has not begun to segregate waste.