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North and East MCDs seal nearly 500 properties

The move was initiated as the Corporations are seeking ways to rejuvenate its financial status by obtaining conversion charges. The Master Plan 2021 allows mixed land use and thus permits commercial activities in residential areas legal out of judicial purview. All property holders have been asked to pay conversion charges by 30 June.

There are a total 4, 2369 registered commercial properties under the jurisdiction of EDMC, out of which, 2, 1331 paid annual conversion charges for 2013-14 collected in the year 2014-15. 46 property holders have paid the conversion charges just once.

As many as 7, 984 properties have already been issued sealing notices and 1, 3008 will soon be given notices. In the year 2012-13, EDMC collected revenues worth Rs 3, 049 lakh and Rs 1,843 lakh in 2013-14. Revenue worth around Rs 1, 699 lakh was collected during April 2014 to February 2015.

Moreover, a total of 685 building plans were sanctioned in 2014-15 against 1,255 in 2013-14. Under the North MCD, a host of properties have been sealed over the past two days and work is still in progress.

“The property owners who haven’t paid their conversion charges after the Master Plan was conceived in 2007 have been sealed. There are nearly 5, 000 such properties under the North and East MCDs. This is the first time that such sealing is being conducted for not paying conversion charges,” said an official.
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