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SDMC Budget
Parking in South Delhi likely to cost more
New Delhi, December 7
Sparing the residents of South Delhi from the burden of increase in property tax, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) today proposed a new tax for collection of property tax while announcing the budget estimates for the fiscal year 2013-14.

BJP to oppose implementation of FDI in retail
New Delhi, December 7
After the creating much commotion in Parliament, the burning issue of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail is all set to disrupt the upcoming session of the Delhi Assembly which is scheduled to begin on December 11.

Sushruta Trauma Centre Deaths
BJP seeks resignation of CM, Health Minister
New Delhi, December 7
A large number of BJP activists today staged demonstration in front of Sushruta Trauma Centre, demanding filing of criminal cases against Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Health Minister A.K. Walia and the hospital administration for tragic deaths in the trauma centre.


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Delhi Lt. Governor Tejender Khanna with the Gallantry Awardees and Distinguished Service Madel winners during a falicitation function at Raj Niwas in Delhi on Friday.
Delhi Lt. Governor Tejender Khanna with the Gallantry Awardees and Distinguished Service Madel winners during a falicitation function at Raj Niwas in Delhi on Friday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Kejriwal detained, released after protest outside CMs house
New Delhi, December 7
The national convener of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Arvind Kejriwal was today detained by the Delhi police after being lifted from outside the Delhi Chief Minister's residence while protesting with the residents of Shaheen Bagh against demolition of their houses. He was released after some hours.

2 die, 3 injured in road mishaps
New Delhi, December 7
Two persons were killed while three others, including a young couple, received minor injuries in two different road accidents in the city in the past 48 hours, said a police official.

S. Corporation to slap notices on property tax defaulters
New Delhi, December 7
In a bid to increase its revenue, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has identified 10 lakh properties under its jurisdiction for collection of property tax.

 





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SDMC Budget
Parking in South Delhi likely to cost more
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 7
Sparing the residents of South Delhi from the burden of increase in property tax, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) today proposed a new tax for collection of property tax while announcing the budget estimates for the fiscal year 2013-14.

The corporation proposed an increase in parking charges with the introduction of a new parking fee regime. As per the new rules, the parking lots will be divided into three categories - category A with premium surface parking lots like main markets of Lajpat Nagar, Defence Colony, etc., B includes surface parking lots other than those mentioned in category A and category C includes multi-level parking, automatic parking and underground parking.

During his budget speech, SDMC Commissioner Manish Gupta said that the civic body proposes to focus on multi-level and commercial parking rather than on surface parking which is putting pressure on traffic. "To reduce problems on roads due to parking, we propose to increase the parking rates for vehicles parked for long hours in the category A and B areas. This is to discourage parking for long hours. This will help in more people getting chance to park their vehicles," he said.

For parking a car in the category A area for one hour, Rs 10 has to be paid and for two hours the rate will be Rs 20. For parking for six hours, the rate will be Rs 50 and Rs 10 for every hour after six hours.

The civic body plans to introduce computerised billing for the parking lots in an attempt to modernise the concept of parking and avoid cheating. "If we have the computerised system, contractors cannot overcharge anyone. We are also planning to integrate this billing system with Metro cards," he said.

On property tax, he said there will be no increase in rates for residential buildings, but on non-residential properties which are rented it would attract 20 per cent tax for A and E category colonies and 15 per cent for F, G and H colonies.

Earlier, non-residential premises had to pay 10 per cent property tax in F, G and H category colonies while it was 12 per cent for C, D and E colonies and 15 per cent for A and B colonies.

"Now, only 4.25 lakh are paying taxes. But our assessment is that around 12 lakh properties will come under the tax net. We need to tap them. If we can bring them under the property tax net, we can increase our revenues by leaps and bounds," added Gupta.

However, the leader of the Opposition, Farhad Suri, criticised the budget and called it a people unfriendly budget. "This is something like story writing. The corporation has failed to achieve its goal. The budget is without any vision," said Suri.

Leader of the House Subhash Arya said in the history of 60 years, it is the first time that municipal corporation is not bearing any loan. "The SDMC has become the first corporation to achieve this tag," said Arya.

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BJP to oppose implementation of FDI in retail
Himani Chandel
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 7
After the creating much commotion in Parliament, the burning issue of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail is all set to disrupt the upcoming session of the Delhi Assembly which is scheduled to begin on December 11.

The Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has chalked out a strategy to corner the Delhi government on its approach to allow the FDI in the national Capital. The matter was discussed today at a meeting of the BJP legislative party chaired by leader of the Opposition in the assembly Prof Vijay Kumar Malhotra.

The party has sent a request to the Speaker to hold a debate on 31 issues in the House. In addition to this, the BJP members have also been asked to raise these topics for discussions.

The issues ranging from the FDI to privatisation of water include increase charges of electricity, water and LPG gas, favouritism to private companies, development in unauthorised colonies, non-stamping of more than 15 lakh ration cards, non-implementation of master plan, increasing crime rate, water contamination, water meter replacement, etc.

"People are forced to live in miserable conditions, though the government has distributed provisional regularisation certificates of unauthorised colonies five years ago. The government misguided the people on many occasions by publishing advertisements in newspapers and placing big hoardings," said Malhotra.

On the death of four persons in Shushrut Trauma Centre due to lack of oxygen in the ventilator, Malhotra said that the condition of medical facilities in the city is deteriorating. "The government has spent Rs 2,160 crore on medical services, public health and government hospitals in 2010. The people say that corruption was committed in utilising this money. The condition of patients in the government hospitals is pathetic. Hospitals have become butcher houses," Malhotra added.

He said that departmental enquiry is being held only to cover up the case. "The government is avoiding judicial enquiry because if such enquiry is held, the Chief Minister and Health Minister shall be directly held responsible and they will have to resign," he said.

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Sushruta Trauma Centre Deaths
BJP seeks resignation of CM, Health Minister
Tribune News Service


Chief of the Delhi unit of the BJP Vijender Gupta and other supporters shout slogans during a dharna near Vidhan Sabha on Friday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

New Delhi, December 7
A large number of BJP activists today staged demonstration in front of Sushruta Trauma Centre, demanding filing of criminal cases against Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Health Minister A.K. Walia and the hospital administration for tragic deaths in the trauma centre. They demanded resignation of Chief Minister and Healtrh Minister

Carrying placards, they chanted slogans "Aspatalon me begunahon ki maut - doshiyon ko saja do, Delhi me 5 saal me 10,000 bacchon ki maut, mukhya mantri aur swasthya mantri ko giraftar karo, begunah hatyaon ki nyayik jaanch karo, etc."

Addressing the demonstrators, chief of the Delhi unit of the BJP Vijender Gupta said that the BJP would not tolerate the deaths of innocent people in the hospitals. The persons responsible for it will have to go to jail. The government has spent Rs 2,160 crore on medical services in 2010, but the money was misused. Condition of the patients in government hospitals is pathetic. He said that even after 65 years of Independence, the number of government hospitals in Delhi is only 34 whereas the population has increased manifolds.

The city government is avoiding judicial enquiry because if such enquiry is held, the Chief Minister and the Health Minister will directly be held responsible and they will have to resign. Departmental enquiry is being held only to cover up the case so that the truth may not be known. The head of Sushrut Trauma Centre has neither been suspended nor arrested.

Leader of the Opposition Vijay Kumar Malhotra said that the Congress has been ruling Delhi for the past 14 years and during these years, the Congress government has changed the capital into a hell. The condition of health services, education, security, employment, public transport, housing, etc., is very serious.

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Kejriwal detained, released after protest outside CMs house
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 7
The national convener of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Arvind Kejriwal was today detained by the Delhi police after being lifted from outside the Delhi Chief Minister's residence while protesting with the residents of Shaheen Bagh against demolition of their houses. He was released after some hours.

More than 100 people gathered outside Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's residence at Moti Lal Nehru Marg around 7 am today. Kejriwal was lifted along with his party's other members as they were agitating against the demolition of around 500 houses in Shaheen Bagh near Jamia Nagar, which they claim was done to grab prime land as the residents have legal papers of the land. They were released around 12.30 pm

The protestors, which included the residents of the area, said that the colony is amongst the 1,600 colonies announced by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to be regularised in 2010.

A large number of police personnel were deployed at the spot to avoid any untoward incident. The police barricaded the road from Janpath side which has the entry gate to Dikshit's residence.

Protesters shouted slogans against the government action.

Kejriwal said that they sought appointment from the Chief Minister but did not get any response.

"We were asking for Dikshit's time which was not given. We are not here for a clash with the government but a sit-in protest," he said.

"It is their land. These people have documents of the land. But it is unauthorised because you have to get the map passed by the government," Kejriwal added.

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2 die, 3 injured in road mishaps
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 7
Two persons were killed while three others, including a young couple, received minor injuries in two different road accidents in the city in the past 48 hours, said a police official.

In the first incident, an autorickshaw driver lost his life while two passengers in his vehicle, a couple, suffered minor injuries after a speeding taxi, an Indigo car, hit the autorickshaw near Kasturba Gandhi-Ferozshah Marg crossing this morning.

According to the police, the accident took place around 6.40 am. The deceased has been identified as Durga Prasad. A case of rash and negligent driving has been registered at the Parliament Street police station against the errant taxi driver, identified as Gurbachan Singh. The police said it was a head-on-collision between the two vehicles. Both the vehicles were confiscated by the police.

In the second accident, a 35-year-old man was killed while another injured after a speeding mini truck rammed into a Hyundai Accent car from front in Fatehpur Beri, south Delhi, in the early hours of Thursday.

The deceased, Jag Pratap Singh, was a native of Faridabad in Haryana. He was driving the car. The injured, Gopal, is the helper in the mini truck. The accident took place around 12.15 am on Jaunapur Mandi Road.

The errant driver, Vinod Kumar, escaped unhurt. He was, however, arrested from the spot as a night patrolling team of the Fatehpur Beri police station was coming behind the car when the accident happened.

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S. Corporation to slap notices on property tax defaulters
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 7
In a bid to increase its revenue, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has identified 10 lakh properties under its jurisdiction for collection of property tax.

The new model to be based on the rules of reform, rationalisation and recovery, under 'Mission Sampoorna' will target the defaulters and bring more and more properties under the ambit of property tax.

SDMC Commissioner Manish Gupta said that the properties have been identified by them with the help of a company, working under the Delhi government. The SDMC is going to issue them notice for timely payment of taxes. The properties shortlisted by the corporation will help increasing the revenue of the newly formed corporation which claimed to be running debt free.

"The GSDL, a company that works under the Delhi government, conducted a survey of all properties of the capital in 2010 with the help of satellite and field survey. They also have made available a 3D data of the properties. They have given each property a unique ID which will help the corporation to collect property tax. We will soon issue notices to these owners," said Gupta.

He further said that the corporation's attempt to prepare a data of properties along with names of the owners could not be worked out as people remained disinterested in disclosing their identities. "Who do not file property tax will be face action as we will lodge case against them under Section 152-A of the DMC Act," said Gupta.

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