Cong members persuade mayor to roll back development charges
The issue of TS 1 certificate will now be referred to state government, which will issue a notification regarding the matter
Congress councillor Gurpreet Singh Gogi on Tuesday engineered a situation during the first House meeting, coercing mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria to agree that no development charges would be charged for issuing of TS 1 certificate to residents.
As the Ward Number 53 councillor raised an issue that had affected every resident of the city, councillors from all parties supported him and raised a collective demand that developmental charges on issuing of Tax Superintendent Register Number 1 (TS 1) certificate be rolled back.
"I would like to bring it to the notice of the House that the issue of TS 1 has affected all residents, rich and poor. The issue should be cleared once and for all in this House meeting," said Gogi, a speech that received nods from all councillors, including those of Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
He said the residents were already paying numerous taxes for their properties, and therefore should not be charged any other tax.
On November 22 last year, MC commissioner RK Verma had directed that to get the TS 1, the residents would be required to clear all dues with MC, including water supply, sewerage, and would have to furnish no-objection certificates (NOC) issued by those departments concerned. Only after submitting these NOCs would a TS 1 certificate be issued, the commissioner had said. Later, after a 20-minute persuasion by Gogi, mayor Gohalwaria agreed that a voting should be done on the topic, following which a majority of councillors raised their hands in favour of removing the development charges on issuing of TS 1 certificate.
Thereafter, the mayor announced in the House that residents would no longer need to pay development charges for the certificate.
Gogi also tried to persuade MC commissioner RK Verma, who was sitting beside the mayor, to make an announcement regarding the decision. However, Verma said the decision of the House was above all and would be implemented.
Now, the MC would refer the matter to the state government that would officially bring out a notification that no development charges are required on TS 1.