DELHI: Chulha tax, which was levied on people who came to the capital after Partition, may be scrapped.The proposal by DDA will regularize the property of families paying the tax, DDA vice-chairperson Balvinder Kumar said on Thursday. The tax was initially levied on about 300 families at the rate of 'one chulha per family'.
Most families paying the tax live in Todapur near Karol Bagh. After Partition, their land was acquired on paper but the villagers were not asked to leave. Todapur was then merged with the Ridge area and every house was counted as one family. The number of families has grown up to 20,000 and the charges, which are nominal in nature, continue to be levied.
Senior DDA officials said they had sent the proposal to the urban development ministry. They added that after regularization, the families would be able to apply for property mutation.