New Delhi: Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Jai Prakash Agarwal on Tuesday said Lieutenant Governor Tejender Khanna has directed Municipal Corporation of Delhi not to send property tax notices to people living in unauthorised colonies.

“The L-G has directed Municipal Commissioner KS Mehra to withdraw notices already given to people living in unauthorised colonies immediately and he also asked not sent such notices in future,” said a Press released issued by the DPCC. It also said a highlevel DPCC delegation led by its president Agarwal on Tuesday made a representation before L-G opposing the move of the civic body.

Agarwal said the MCD was trying to impose house tax on unauthorised colonies without providing basic facilities like power, water, roads, schools, hospitals etc. “MPs, MLAs and Municipal Councillors are not allowed to use their funds for development works in unauthorised colonies, and as a result, residents in these colonies were living in miserable conditions.
Around 40 lakh people living in unauthorised colonies were in a state of fear after the MCD issued notices for house tax,” he said.

The Congress leader said the L-G patiently heard the views of the DPCC delegation immediately and directed the Commissioner present at the meeting to immediately withdraw the house tax notice issued to unauthorised colonies. While praising the L-G for his prompt response to the plight of p oors, Agarwal said the DPCC welcomed the L-G’s decision and reasserted that the party was behind the people of unauthorised colonies and would fight for protecting their rights at all cost.

Besides Agarwal, Delhi MPs Ramesh Kumar and Mahabal Mishra, Opposition Leader in the MCD Jai Kishan Sharma, MLAs Surender Pal Singh Bittoo and Veer Singh Dhingan including other party functionaries were also present on the occasion.