If conversion charges not paid, East will seal properties

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SummaryStarting October 15, East Municipal Corporation will undertake a sealing drive against properties that have not paid the conversion charges.

Starting October 15, East Municipal Corporation will undertake a sealing drive against properties that have not paid the conversion charges.

Commissioner of corporation

S S Yadav said notices have been sent to the property owners, whose conversion charges are still due.

“We have to take action against those who are not paying their tax to the corporation. They have been given advantage of mixed land use, and paying money for it should not be a problem. In fact, there are instructions to the officials to ease the process for those who want to pay,” Yadav said.

Approximately 18,600 properties have been identified as non-payers of conversion tax.

Shahdara-South has around 14,000 properties that are not paying conversion charges and Shahdara-North has 4,600 such properties.

“It is loss of revenue. We need to take stringent action, like sealing. The people should know that conversion charges protects their properties,” a senior official of the civic agency said.

The municipal corporation will also seal mobile towers that have not even applied for a licence. “Our figures run into thousands when it comes to sealing of mobile towers. These towers do not include the ones that are waiting for a licence,” Yadav said.

Chairperson for Standing Committee (East) Mehak Singh said the BJP will ask the commissioner to rethink the sealing drive.

“We want that people should be given a chance to pay their tax. There should be more camps. Opportunities given should be given to people, rather than sealing their properties,” Singh said.

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