What about buildings built before 1995, asks Cong

Questioning the Punjab government and Ludhiana Municipal Corporation over the buildings built before 1995, the Congress on Sunday said that "the party will sit on protest from Monday opposing the property tax".

As per a notification of the Punjab government, buildings built before 1995 were 'exempted' from any kind of dues but now the MC has refused to accept those exemption certificates which were issued by MC town planners to the building owners.

"This is simply not acceptable. MC has refused to accept certificates issued by their own town planners to people having buildings built before 1995. Now they are asking for regularisation fee and property tax from these buildings too. What is the fault of people who paid even at that time to get these certificates and now are being asked for money again? We demand that buildings built before 1995 should be considered regularised," said Parminder Mehta, Congress councillors' spokesperson, adding that from Monday onwards, their protest would start in front of Ludhiana Zone A headquarters.

He added that the "Congress will never support hefty property tax through complicated formulas imposed on people, especially urbanites who are already paying all dues".

"BJP Local Bodies Minister Anil Joshi has supported this 1995 buildings issue but no one in SAD is interested in his talks. If he really supports this, he should bring this proposal in Vidhan Sabha and get it cleared," said Mehta.

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