Haryana’s Urban Local Bodies Minister Kamal Gupta on Tuesday said the state government will give a waiver on payment of interest on pending property tax till December 31.
With an estimated Rs 1,000 crore outstanding payment, property owners or occupiers have been asked to deposit the tax before December 31, 2022, under the House Tax Interest Waiver Scheme implemented by the government in urban areas.
Under this scheme, complete interest is being waived on the outstanding house tax amount, Gupta told reporters here.
He said that earlier only 25 per cent people used to deposit property tax, but with the creation of property IDs, now all people would pay the tax to the urban local bodies department.
The minister said that after mapping and surveys, more than 42.70 lakh properties have been identified for property tax in urban areas. Out of this, property IDs of about 33 lakh have been made.
According to Gupta, more than 23.50 lakh new properties were identified after the survey. Of these, 1.98 lakh objections were registered.
“Out of these, one lakh objections were resolved and 60,000 objections were cancelled and 30,000 are pending. The officers below the rank of District Municipal Commissioner have been given the powers to remove these objections so that they can be resolved quickly,” he said.
Gupta said that the process of regularising illegal colonies developed in different cities of the state is going on.
“During the survey, 2,237 illegal colonies have been identified. Of these, there are 1,399 colonies in the urban body area. Through the Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs), the government has called for applications to regularise these illegal colonies.
“So far, proposals for applications of 66 colonies have been received through RWAs. These colonies will be regularised soon,” he said.
The government had decided to mark the parking areas at crowded places in the cities. The minister said that this is showing positive results and now people going to urban areas are parking their vehicles at designated places only.
“Marking will be done at designated places for parking of vehicles at public places like government offices, banks, schools etc. In eleven cities — Gurugram, Faridabad, Yamunanagar, Panipat, Karnal, Rohtak, Hisar, Panchkula, Sonipat, Manesar and Ambala — a target has been set to create marking places for parking 1.20 lakh two-wheelers and four-wheelers,” he said.
Under the ‘Mukhyamantri Shehri Nikaya Swamitva Yojna’, the state received 7,077 applications to give ownership rights to tenants of houses and shops in urban areas residing there for more than 20 years.
“Out of these, ownership rights have been given to 1,761 and 1,304 applications have been cancelled and action is being taken on 4,012 applications,” he said.
Further, the minister said 101 lakh metric tonnes of legacy waste were to be disposed of in the state under a solid waste management plan, of which 40 lakh metric tonnes of waste have been disposed of. The remaining waste will also be disposed of soon, he said.
Notably, legacy wastes are the wastes that have been collected and kept for years at some barren land or a place dedicated for landfill.
He said that 13 clusters have been formed in the state for door-to-door collection of garbage.
“Under this, a legacy plant of 700 metric tonnes capacity is operated in Sonipat and Panipat. A 1500 MT capacity plant will be set up soon in Gurugram and Faridabad. Apart from this, 638 MT capacity solid waste management plants are being set up in Karnal-Kaithal-Thanesar, 168 MT in Sirsa and 155 MT in Bhiwani,” the minister said.
Waste management plants will soon be set up in Ambala-Yamunanagar, Rohtak-Bahadurgarh-Jhajjar, Hisar-Fatehabad, Jind, Rewari, Palwal-Punhana, Farukhnagar and Panchkula.