Civic body decides to exempt pre-1963 commercial establishments from the annual fee
Delhiites can enjoy uninterrupted shopping at the old traditional markets in the walled city as the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has exempted the commercial establishments that existed since 1962 from paying the annual ‘conversion charges.’ Failure to pay the charges by June 30 each year in these areas leads to sealing of the defaulting commercial establishment.
The decision, ahead of the forthcoming Assembly elections, will be a major relief to thousands of shops that are operating within NDMC limits since 1962. The announcement to this effect followed the recent suggestion of Additional Solicitor General Rakesh Kumar Khanna that these commercial areas will not be liable to pay any ‘conversion charges.’
NDMC mayor Azad Singh, chairman standing committee Ram Kishan Singhal and leader of the house Mahender Nagpal announced that the NDMC will not charge any conversion or parking charges from the commercial areas, in existence prior to 1962, that have been enlisted in the Master Plan Delhi 2021. The office orders in this regard have been issued by the headquarter and copies of the samehave been sent to the deputy commissioner concerned for further necessary action, they said.
Prior to this announcement traders had to submit proof that they have been running their business trade since or before 1962. NDMC commissioner PK Gupta said that action against the commercial establishments, in the commercial areas that were notified in 1962, has been suspended. “Notices to commercial establishment in these areas have been sent till March this year, but after ASG’s opinion further action has been suspended,” he added.
Talking about commercial establishments in other areas in the capital, Gupta said that according to ASG’s opinion they have to submit documentary proof of running the trade and businesses at least since1962. Or else, they will be sealed. Meanwhile, the political heads of the NDMC also announced that the civic body will organise camps in the commercial areas to issue on-the-spot trade licences to the traders. “The applicants will be issued trade licences after verifying the submitted documents and physical inspection of the premises,” they added.