The other highlights of the budget are: starting a smart classroom, engineered landfill site at Okhla, segregation of waste in at least 40 wards, 20 new automated multi-level parking spots, cremation centres and sterilisation units for dogs.
The government departments have not been paying the property tax for the last three years but the MC failed to take any action. In the case of private properties, the MC seals the properties in case the owners fail to deposit the property tax.
The state government has allowed its various departments to spend 0.5 per cent of their total budget to implement the e-governance programme to digitise their operations and on the same lines, they are now allowed to spend 0.5 per cent of the budget to implement the tree plantation programme.
According to the current system of assessing property tax, the civic body issues a single bill to a housing society. The society’s executive committee then divides the bill amount among members, collects their payments and makes the payment.
The BMC is likely to incur a loss of Rs 340 crore on property tax collected from houses measuring 500 square feet. The 60 percent concession on on houses between 500-700 square feet is expected to set the collection back by another Rs 257 crore.