The cash-strapped East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has issued property tax notices to defaulter government agencies to recover nearly Rs 500 crore from them, a senior EDMC official says.
Notices are sent to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA)- Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)- Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and Northern Railways. EDMC commissioner Dilraj Kaur says. “House tax is a major source of revenue for us. Since raising the tax rate is difficult, we are trying to recover our dues at least.”
According to a municipal official, DDA is one of the main defaulters and owes Rs 378.17 crore. The land-owning agency did not pay property tax for its four sports complexes — Yamuna Sports Complex in Surajmal Vihar, Poorvi Dilli Khel Parisar in Tahirpur, Chilla Sports Complex in Vasundhara Enclave and Commonwealth Games Village Sports Complex near Akshardham Temple. This is beside the DDA’s 111 parking sites, offices and wedding grounds.
DDA vice-chairman Tarun Kapoor confirms, “We have got a similar notice from the North Delhi Municipal Corporation. They are charging us for vacant land. All our land is using for development projects. We are trying to resolve the issue through the housing and urban affairs Ministry.”