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Despite protests, civic body hikes property tax in Ghaziabad

Despite various protests by farmers’ organisations and local bodies, the municipal corporation of Ghaziabad on Wednesday announced 10 per cent hike in house tax.

The increased tax, which will come in to effect from next month, will be applicable in the entire region except 35 sectors, which come under jurisdiction of Ghaziabad Development Authority. The announcement to this effect was made in its scheduled board meeting after approving the proposal.

The executive body had earlier passed 25 per cent hike but later it was reduced to 10 percent due to protest from all sections of society. The organisations claimed that the civic body does not even provide the necessary infrastructure in every nook and corner. ‘Hence it will be injustice to hike 35 per cent house tax at one time’, said an agitating farmer. It is important to mention that this is the first hike since 2002 by the municipal corporation.

‘As property rates are constantly rising in the region, it has become necessary for authorities to hike property tax rates’, said Teluram Kamboj, mayor of Ghaziabad.
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