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South corporation makes entry points toll-free for three days

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The Times of India       14.11.2017

South corporation makes entry points toll-free for three days

NEW DELHI: South Delhi Municipal Corporation, which is the nodal head for collection of toll tax across the city, has decided to make the entry points free from toll tax for three days. Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat said the decision has been taken keeping the congestion at entry points in mind.

The order will be implemented from Tuesday. However, Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) had ordered to enforce ban on the entry of heavy vehicles except emergency service vehicles until further order as an emergency measure.

"We were informed by the police that a string of vehicles are queueing up at the entry points adding more to the rising level of pollution," added Sehrawat.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had ordered in 2015 to impose Environment Compensation Charge (ECC) on light and heavy vehicles to curb pollution. However, making it free is only going to increase the number vehicles entering through 124 entry points in Delhi, sources said.

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SDMChas not only acted contrary to orders of Court but the move will cause financial loss in revenue and will add to pollution in the city.RM

The ECC imposed by NGT on light vehicles is Rs 1,400 and for heavy commercial vehicles, it is Rs 2,800.

Experts, however, have blasted the move, saying the corporation is actually going against the court's decision and adding to the pollution by allowing more trucks inside. "This is opposing the court order by not collecting ECC which is supposed to be a deterrent for truck owners from entering. How can the corporation take a decision like that? Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) is underway and we are in an emergency situation right now which says entry of trucks should be banned, but this is not just allowing them inside but also encouraging their entry," said Anumita Roy Chowdhury of CSE.
 

Property registration department continues collecting 1% Local Body Tax

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The Times of India        18.07.2017  

Property registration department continues collecting 1% Local Body Tax

| | Jul 18, 2017, 05:29 AM IST
Advocate Yogesh Mehta, who bought commercial property in the last week of June, is waiting for registration of property with the Inspectorate General of Registration (IGR) and Stamp Department in the state as there is no clarity on Local Body Tax (LBT) for property registrations. At present, citizens pay 6% stamp registration fee (5% is stamp duty fee as per the Maharashtra Stamp Act and 1% is LBT). "I would prefer to hold on to registration than pay extra as LBT Mehta said.

Bibwewadi (Pune) resident Pravin Bafana is also holding on to registering his property for clarity on LBT from the state finance department. "Since GST came into force from July 1, we are hoping the state government issues a circular to stop collection, as we do not end up paying more for property registration,'' said Bafana, who booked a property nearby .

The state IGR continues to collect 1% LBT despite the Centre implementing Goods and Services Tax (GST) from July1and doing away with local body taxes. Citizens registering immovable properties are continuing to pay 1% more for registrations under LBT, with no clear direction from the state government.

IGR officials told TOI stamp registration comes under the Stamp Act and unless the state government issues a notification they will continue with the process. `The Stamp and Registration Act is different. On LBT collection, the state finance department has to issue a circular,'' senior officials from the registration department said.

Senior finance department officials said they would look into the technicalities. "With octroi gone, LBT should also go and only stamp duty should be collected, as in other states,'' Mehta said.
 

Property registration department continues collecting 1% Local Body Tax

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The Times of India       18.07.2017 

Property registration department continues collecting 1% Local Body Tax

Advocate Yogesh Mehta, who bought commercial property in the last week of June, is waiting for registration of property with the Inspectorate General of Registration (IGR) and Stamp Department in the state as there is no clarity on Local Body Tax (LBT) for property registrations. At present, citizens pay 6% stamp registration fee (5% is stamp duty fee as per the Maharashtra Stamp Act and 1% is LBT). "I would prefer to hold on to registration than pay extra as LBT,'' Mehta said.

Bibwewadi (Pune) resident Pravin Bafana is also holding on to registering his property for clarity on LBT from the state finance department. "Since GST came into force from July 1, we are hoping the state government issues a circular to stop collection, as we do not end up paying more for property registration,'' said Bafana, who booked a property nearby .

The state IGR continues to collect 1% LBT despite the Centre implementing Goods and Services Tax (GST) from July1and doing away with local body taxes. Citizens registering immovable properties are continuing to pay 1% more for registrations under LBT, with no clear direction from the state government.

IGR officials told TOI stamp registration comes under the Stamp Act and unless the state government issues a notification they will continue with the process. `The Stamp and Registration Act is different. On LBT collection, the state finance department has to issue a circular,'' senior officials from the registration department said.

 

Senior finance department officials said they would look into the technicalities. "With octroi gone, LBT should also go and only stamp duty should be collected, as in other states,'' Mehta said. 

 
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