Delhi Govt Objects Civic Bodies' Proposal To Levy User Charge On Garbage Collection
The Delhi government has objected to the joint proposal of the civic bodies for allowing them to levy a user charge on residential units and temples among others for door-to-door garbage collection, an official said.
The three municipal corporations, the New Delhi Municipal Council and the Delhi Cantonment Board had approached the Delhi Urban Development Department with a proposal to introduce a user charge, ranging from Rs 50 to Rs 200 per month, for domestic waste generators depending on the category of the locality. For places including clinics and dispensaries, the proposal reads, this charge would go upto Rs 2,000.
Following this, Delhi Urban Development Minister Satyendar Jain, in a written comment on the proposal to Lt Governor Anil Baijal has said that there was no logic in levying such a charge. He further said that collection of garbage was covered under the "obligatory functions" according to the provisions under Section 42 of Delhi Municipal Corporation Act (66 of 1957). Also, in some cases such a fee might work out to be much more than the entire property tax a homeowner is paying already.
"Charitable and religious institutions, including temples and dharamsalas need to be exempted from payment of user fee. Residential units in colonies falling in categories C to H prescribed for property tax categorisation should be exempted from the user fee," Jain said.
"In case of individual doctors' clinics, dispensaries, the user fee of Rs 2,000 is too high and should be limited to Rs 100 at the maximum," he further said.
Currently, garbage collection is outsourced to various contractors, who collect waste from 'dhalaos' or dumps.
With inputs from Housing News