Development charges on TS-1 certificate abolished

House meeting

The pressure tactics of Congress councillor Gurpreet Singh Gogi at the MC house meeting on Tuesday brought good news for city residents as Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria agreed that no development charges would be taken for issuing TS-1 certificate to the residents.

Not only the Congress, but it was a SAD-vs-SAD situation for the ruling party when MLA Simarjit Singh Bains from the SAD along with his group of councillors also started raising voice against development charges with Gogi. Ultimately, the mayor and commissioner had to say that no development charges would be taken while issuing the certificate.

Almost all the parties supported Gogi and said the developmental charges on issuing of TS-1 should be rolled back. "I would like to bring it to the notice of the House that the issue of TS-1 has affected all, rich and poor," said Gogi.

On November 22 last year, MC Commissioner R K Verma had said to get Tax Superintendent Register Number 1 (TS 1), the residents would be required to clear all the dues with the MC, including water supply, sewerage, and would have to furnish no objection certificates (NOC) issued by those departments concerned. After submitting these NOCs, a TS-1 certificate would be issued.

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.

Change in clause

All the points of the house meet agenda presented by the SAD-BJP alliance was passed unopposed in the house but Congress and other councillors demanded a technical change in one of its clauses which said that proposals discussed by finance management and contract committee (FMCC) are presented for approval of house. Raising objections to it, Congress MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashoo said, "FMCC committee is not yet formed and the power remains with the house to elect two members. So we told commissioner and mayor to write that house approval is in anticipation and not mention here FMCC committee as committee is yet to be formed. They cannot assume things and go on with the meetings of FMCC. However, all their proposals are approved." In addition to this, the proposal of auction of three sites in Kuliyewal, Bhamia road and Pind Haibowal was too put on hold due to some controversial points raised by opposition.

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