Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Ramvir Singh Bidhuri has said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is continuously burdening the public with enhanced property tax after coming to power in the Delhi Municipal Corporation.
Making this claim here on Tuesday, he said first, property taxes were increased, property taxes were imposed on villages, and now compensation charges on building plans are being imposed, putting a strain on the public’s pockets.
Bidhuri alleged all of this is happening when the AAP had promised in the municipal elections that property taxes in the capital would be reduced, and villages would be exempt from property taxes. Not only that, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had promised ten guarantees in the municipal elections, but even after ten months in power, no solid steps have been taken in that direction, and the condition of the national capital has deteriorated significantly, the opposition leader said.
Bidhuri said as soon as the AAP came to power in the municipal corporation, they increased property taxes in Delhi. They implemented the valuation committee’s report to increase taxes, whereas, during the BJP’s tenure, this report was not implemented. This led to a significant increase in taxes in many areas.
Now, by imposing compensatory charges on building plans throughout Delhi, construction in South and East Delhi has become more expensive. This charge has already been applied in the northern region.
Not only that, the farmers protesting in Delhi are demanding that property taxes not be collected from them as before, but the Aam Aadmi Party-led municipal corporation is pursuing a policy of forced collection from the public, Bidhuri said. We strongly condemn this policy, and the BJP will protest it.
Bidhuri said municipal elections were held in Delhi last year in December, and the AAP has been in power for ten months, but not a single one of Chief Minister Kejriwal’s ten guarantees has been fulfilled.
The problem of garbage dumps in Delhi has not been resolved, and no steps have been taken to address the parking problem.
The problem of stray animals has become so complex that people are now protesting on the streets. The promise to make Delhi’s roads better and more beautiful remains far from reality, as the minister himself is facing difficulties on the roads he travels, Bidhuri said.