BMC Property Tax Hike To Saty: Keeping an eye on the upcoming BMC elections, CM Eknath Shinde announced that the potential hike in property tax for Mumbai has been postponed for another year. Shinde said that according to the BMC Act, the property tax is revised every five years, but due to the pandemic, the survey was delayed in 2020, and it was supposed to be conducted this year. Shinde said in the assembly, “I have received requests from several legislators that the hike should not be implemented this year as it will be 16-20%, so I have directed the BMC commissioner to postpone the hike for a year.” Property tax was last revised in 2015.
Change in policy to regularize illegal buildings in Ulhasnagar
Shinde also announced a change in the 2006 policy to regularize illegal buildings in Ulhasnagar. He said that a committee under ACS, Revenue was constituted in 2021, and its report has been received and in principle approved by the state. As suggested in the report, the premium to be charged has been increased to Rs 2,200 per square meter, which was 10-20% of the earlier ready reckoner rate. The CM said, “The panel has also suggested that the deadline for regularization should be 31.12.2021 instead of 1 January 2005.The policy will start with reduction in premium and additional FSI approval.” He said that the state would help ease the issues of land ownership.
Announcement of recruitment of 75000 posts in the state
The CM supported the Metro 3 car shed in Aarey, saying that the site is least harmful to the environment. According to CM Shinde, “Aarey is spread over 1,245 hectares and only 25 hectares are required for the shed.Aarey is not just a car shed; land has been given to Film City, Agriculture Department and MIDC.We will ensure that people Mass transit project is being completed expeditiously to provide relief from traffic jams.
He attacked the opposition on the question why trees are cut at night in Aarey. “The permission to cut the trees was given by the BMC,” he said. He announced the recruitment of 75,000 posts by the state. He said that in the BDD Chawl Redevelopment Project, police personnel would be given a proprietary flat at a cost of Rs 15 lakh. The earlier MVA government had announced a fee of Rs 50 lakh, which was later reduced to Rs 25 lakh.