Impact fee sees NO IMPACT in city

Ahmedabad Mirror | 6 days ago | 25-11-2022 | 06:00 am

Impact fee sees NO IMPACT in city

The impact fee regulation introduced by the state government in mid-October to regularise illegal constructions by levying a penalty has received a lukewarm response.Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) are barely getting one or two applications daily. AUDA has received only 15 applications while AMC has also got less than a dozen after a month of ordinance.The AMC is expecting around 1 lakh applications from the city, deputy municipal commissioner I K Patel said. Admitting that the scheme had got a poor start, he said, “There’s still four months to go. We assume people are collecting documents and preparing applications.” The applications have to be made online and the AMC is training its staff to calculate the fees.AUDA has so far got only 15 applications. One of the main reasons is that the land in AUDA is mostly in the agriculture zone and there is no provision to collect impact fees on it, CEO D P Desai said. However, there are many constructions in Shela, Godhavi, VIP road and surrounding areas and the number of applicants is expected to increase, he said.Surprised at the poor response to the “attractive” scheme, the urban development department held a meeting of officials of all the local bodies last week.Under the new law, all illegal constructions in all municipal corporations, nagarpalikas and local self-government bodies will be covered. The civic officials were asked to promote the scheme and ensure maximum participation.A senior official of the department told the officials that they must ensure that the scheme gets widespread response. The government might bring some stringent laws for those who do not avail the scheme, he said. Local self-government bodies have been asked to organise special camps to make the scheme successful.The BJP government had launched a similar scheme in 2012 and had got a good response. However, this time there are few takers.The cut-off date of the scheme is October 1, 2022, which means all illegal constructions till the date would be regularised. The government has clarified that all funds collected through impact fee will be credited to “Infrastructure Development Fund” which shall be used by designated authorities for improvement or creation of infrastructure.There’s still four months to go. We assume people are collecting documents to make applications. The applications have to be made online–I K Patel, Deputy Municipal Commissioner in the AMC

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