No new taxes, movie tick­ets may cost more

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO - Vibha Sharma

NEWDELHI: Repli­cat­ing the North Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion’s move, the east civic body’s stand­ing com­mit­tee on Thurs­day has de­cided to drop a pro­posal to in­tro­duce new taxes in the bud­get for the fi­nan­cial year 2018-19.

The East MCD com­mis­sioner Ran­bir Singh had last month pro­posed to in­tro­duce ed­u­ca­tion, bet­ter­ment and pro­fes­sional taxes.

Dur­ing the bud­get pre­sen­ta­tion on Thurs­day, stand­ing com­mit­tee chair­man Pravesh Sharma turned down the com­mis­sioner’s pro­posal to levy any of these taxes.

“We don’t want to put ad­di­tional bur­den on prop­erty tax pay­ers and that’s why a de­ci­sion has been taken not to in­tro­duce new taxes pro­posed by the com­mis­sioner last month,” said Sharma.

But movie tick­ets in east Delhi may cost a lit­tle more with the stand­ing com­mit­tee chair­man ap­proved the pro­posal to in­crease theatre tax by 100 times. Theatre tax is paid by cinema hall own­ers to the MCD.

Now, class I the­atres will have to pay ₹1,000 per show in­stead of the present ₹10 and class II the­atres will pay ₹1,000 in­stead of ₹7 as theatre tax to the EDMC. This ad­di­tional cost will be passed on to cus­tomers.

Sharma pro­posed to regis­ter all cy­ber cafes and com­puter cen­tres in EDMC ar­eas with the civic agency so that ci­ti­zens can avail of its on­line ser­vices.

“Rather than vis­it­ing the zonal of­fices or head­quar­ters, the res­i­dents can visit these cy­ber cafes, near their houses, and can avail of ser­vices re­lated with EDMC, such as birth and death cer­tifi­cates, free of cost . Se­nior of­fi­cials will con­duct ran­dom checks on these cy­ber cafes to en­sure there is no mis­use of ser­vices,” said Sharma.

He pro­posed to in­tro­duce the face recog­ni­tion tech­nique to record at­ten­dance in EDMC schools. “It will min­imise the scope for ‘proxy at­ten­dance’ in mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion’s schools. We will im­ple­ment the scheme in a phased man­ner,” he said.

To deal with 2,500 tonnes of garbage gen­er­ated ev­ery day, the civic body has pro­posed to in­crease the ca­pac­ity of the Ghazipur waste-to-en­ergy plant. “We have asked the con­trac­tor to pre­pare a pro­posal to in­crease the con­sump­tion of garbage at the WTE plant from 1,300 MT per day to 2,500 MT per day,” said Sharma.

EDMC re­quested the to con­sti­tute a spe­cial ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee for the man­age­ment and recla­ma­tion of Ghazipur land­fill.

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