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Despite L-G orders,South corpn says no to parking rate hike

South Municipal Corporation has locked horns with the Lieutenant-Governor over issue of hiking parking rates.

South Municipal Corporation has locked horns with the Lieutenant-Governor over issue of hiking parking rates.

The Standing Committee Chairperson on Tuesday asked the Commissioner to convey the corporation’s decision of not to hike the parking rate to the L-G.

Commissioner Manish Gupta had placed the issue of hike in parking rates before the Standing Committee for approval.

The legal officer informed the Committee that under Section 487 of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act,the order of L-G for increasing the parking rate is binding on three corporations.

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“The court-appointed special task force held a meeting of all civic bodies and authorities and took decision on hiking parking rates. The order has been approved by the L-G and sent to Delhi government,which also accepted it. Now,it is binding on us to increase the rates,” chief law officer of the corporation told the Standing Committee.

Meanwhile,officials at the L-G office on Monday told the commissioners to abide by the L-G’s order of increasing the parking rate.

“We have spoken to the commissioners to implement the new parking rates in their areas and they have told us that they will communicate this to the corporations,” a official at L-G’s office said.

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Rajesh Gehlot,Chairman of the Standing Committee, told the officials to convey the decision of the committee to the L-G. “We cannot burden the common people with more taxes. They are already burdened by many decisions of the Delhi government and residents are reeling under taxes imposed by the government. We want you to communicate the decision of not increasing the parking rates to the L-G on our behalf.”

First published on: 20-03-2013 at 00:44 IST
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