standing committee chairman rajesh gehlot said the hike was to encourage more people to use public transport
Reneging on the promise made in its election manifesto — that it would not it would not impose additional burden on the city residents by hiking taxes — the BJP has cleared the budget of the South municipal corporation, which has proposed a steep hike in parking rates in South Delhi.
Earlier, the parking fee was Rs 10 for 10 hours for cars, which has now been hiked to Rs 20 for the first three hours and Rs 10 for each subsequent hour for A and B category of four-wheel vehicles. For two-wheelers, the rate will be Rs 10 for the first three hours and
Rs 5 for each additional hour thereafter. Currently, the charges are Rs 5 for 10 hours.
The proposals were cleared by the Standing Committee of the South corporation in its meeting held on Wednesday.
Rajesh Gehlot, Chairman of the Standing Committee said the parking rates have been raised as the corporation wants more people to use public transport.
“People willingly pay more when they visit malls. There is no harm in paying more for parking,’’ he said.
On the lines of East municipal corporation, the South corporation too has decided to set up a call centre to address public grievances. The proposal to give Aakash tablets to tax inspectors of the corporation has been approved.
Another major highlight of the approved budget is the allotment of Rs 75 crore, a special corpus for development of rural and urban villages, during the next financial year (2013-14).
There are 86 rural villages and 81 urban villages under the South corporation.
The corporation has also allotted a sum of Rs 50 crore for development of unauthorised colonies, which have recently been regularised by the Delhi government.
The corporation has also decided to increase the councillor’s development fund from Rs 50 lakh per annum to Rs 1 crore per annum. The South corporation also earmarked a special corpus for giving monthly allowance to the councillors. It has proposed a monthly allowance of Rs 25,000 to each councillor, apart from increasing the allowance for attending the meeting. This has been raised from Rs 300 to
Rs 1,000 per meeting. However, the proposal needs to be cleared by the Delhi government.