"The proposals to increase the rates of property tax and imposing of unit area value, theatre tax, sanitation fee for organising social events, road tax, night fees and increased health and trade licence fees have been rejected," NDMC Public Relation Officer Yogendra Singh Mann said.
    
The Standing Committee met on Wednesday to finalize the amended budget estimates for the financial year 2013-14 and budget estimates for the year 2014-15.
    
Besides, the Committee has also rejected the proposals to increase parking rates, usage charges for collection of door-to-door garbage, congestion charges for the year 2014-15, providing respite to the citizens from new taxes to the tune of Rs 600 crore annually, NDMC's Standing Committee Chairman Mohan Bhardwaj said in a statement.
    
The Corporation has increased the yearly old age pension from Rs 1000 to Rs 1200 with effect from April 1. A sum of Rs 50 lakh has been earmarked for the financial year 2014-15 for renovation of roads, Rs 40 lakh for sanitation services, Rs 45 lakh for maintenance, Rs 15 lakh for repair and maintenance of street lights and an amount of Rs 50 lakh especially has been earmarked for development works in each ward on the basis of suggestions by the citizens, the statement said.
    
A sum of Rs 120.75 crore has been earmarked for unauthorized colonies, Rs 31.50 crore for approved colonies and Rs 5 crore each for development works in rural areas and for arrangements of Chhath festival.
    
For regularized unauthorized colonies, Rs 50 crore has been earmarked, Rs 8 crore for villages in urban areas, Rs 15 crore for roads in urban areas and Rs 20 crore for roads in rural areas and Rs 50 crore for solid management, it said.
    
For renovation of roads in villages, a budget of Rs 5 crore has been proposed and Rs 2 crore for maintenance of cremation grounds. The Chairman appealed to the officials to make full use of the budget earmarked for the development works else a departmental inquiry will be done against them if any lethargy or dereliction of duties are found.
    
To encourage girl students, an amount of Rs 10 crore has been set aside for yearly scholarship of Rs 500 per annum per girl. For the school uniform of nursery students, Rs 70 lakh has been earmarked, whereas for akhadas and gyms Rs 40 lakh.

(Agencies)

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