NAGPUR: Terming it as an irregularity, the BJP-led ruling alliance at the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Friday stayed the steep hike on various types of charges applicable for sanctioning the plans of building and layout/plots.
The standing committee has alleged that the administration revised the charges without taking approval of the standing committee and general body. It has now been asked to follow the procedure.
The NMC town planning department will continue to recover the charges at the rates that were applicable before February 23. Standing committee chairman Ramesh Shingare and ruling party leader Dayashankar Tiwari insisted that the revised charges will not be implemented even if the proposal is put up.
Tiwari said the administration had completely revised the system of development charges. "Citizens would have had to bear 10 times more than the old charges for getting residential building plans sanctioned. The increase will be much more in case of commercial properties," he said.
The ruling party leader explained that the development charges were earlier recovered according to Rs/sq mt basis. "But, from February 24, the NMC had changed it to a percentage of the ready reckoner value," said Tiwari.
He added that the administration had also increased the development charges of layouts/plots sanction and premium recovered for utilizing balconies, staircases etc. "The hike in premium charges was much more than 10 times," said Tiwari.
Though the state government had made an amendment in the MRTP Act and revised the charges in 2010, municipal commissioner Shravan Hardikar had implemented the system only from February 23.
Shingare said action will be taken on officials who flouted the rules. "The NMC general body had approved revision in charges on July 5, 2008. The administration had to seek approval from the standing committee and general body for a revision. The administration could have increased the charges by 10% as there is a provision to do so every three years," said the standing committee chairman, adding that the administration had "put additional burden on citizens and also caused loss in revenue to the civic body".
Mayor Pravin Datke, Tiwari and Shingare had received many complaints in the last one and a half months since the revision. A delegation of Vidarbha Taxpayers Association had also lodged a complaint with the NMC.
"In some areas the hike was as high as 35 times," VTA secretary Tejinder Singh Renu told TOI.
TOI had first reported in January that the NIT implemented the same new system and revision in charges. Shingare, who is also an NIT trustee, said the civic agency too will bring a stay on the revised charges.