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No property tax hike in NDMC budget due to the Covid-19 pandemic



The North Delhi Municipal Corporation is not proposing any increase in property tax in its budget in view of the financial strains faced by people due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Municipal Commissioner Sanjay Goel said on Thursday.

However, given the financial condition of the civic body, “I request the standing committee (of the NDMC) to consider a minor increase of 2 per cent in property tax rates for financial year 2022-23,” he said in his speech while presenting the budget on Thursday.

We also request that the rebate enjoyed by people on early filing of property tax be reduced from 15 per cent to 10 per cent, he said.

According to the NDMC budget, the revised budget estimates for the year 2021-22 stands at Rs 7,321.37 crore, while the budget estimate for the year 2022-23 stands at Rs 5,808.24 crore.

Meanwhile, AAP MLA Atishi in statement issued by her party alleged that the corporation has “proposed an increase in property tax by 2 per cent”.

She said the NDMC’s budget for the financial year 2022-2023 has “reduced”.

From year 2021-22 to 2022-23, the budget has “come down” from over Rs 7,300 crore to about Rs 5,800 crore. Each councillor has been “allotted Rs 1 crore in the budget” while payments of contractors are pending, she alleged in the statement.

Earlier, Goel in his budget speech said the NDMC has submitted a report to the Delhi government on a project worth Rs 774 crore on processing and disposing legacy waste and new garbage.

In the last one year or so, 19.45 lakh tonne garbage had been segregated, and the height of the mound at Bhalswa landfill site has been reduced by 11 metres, he added.

Also, 24 trommel machines have already been set up and 30 machines are under the process of pre-installation testing, he added.

Officials later sharing details from his budget, in a statement said that Rs 447.94 crore worth property tax had been collected till October 2021, which is Rs 69.80 crore more than the corresponding figures for the period last year.

Digitalidation of 4.3 lakh properties and synchronisation with UPIC has been done, and rest is under process; 110 bank accounts and 14 properties been attached for non-payment of due property tax; and 30,852 new properties identified, it added.

In his budget speech, Goel also said that the NDMC has chalked out a plan to provide parking for 13,500 cars by developing multi-level parkings at 19 locations, including at Pitampura, Gandhi Maidan, Qutub Road, Sant Nagar and Pusa lane, and work has started on most of the major projects.

In addition, stack parking facilities at Hanuman Setu near Nigam Bodhghat, and Fatehpuri area are also planned, he added.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Covid-19: International travellers landing in Lucknow to undergo 8-day mandatory home quarantine | Lucknow News



LUCKNOW: All the international travellers coming to Lucknow from Monday onward will have to quarantine themselves at home for eight days.
Furthermore, all international and domestic passengers arriving at the Chaudhary Charan Singh airport will have to undergo mandatory but free RT-PCR testing now.
Domestic passengers will be screened first and will be tested if found symptomatic for Covid-19 infection. Besides, random sampling among domestic passengers will be done at the airport.
These orders were issued by district magistrate Abhishek Prakash on Sunday to check the spread of the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus, which has been declared a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organisation.
The DM said that the Integrated Covid Command and Control Centre (ICCC) will constantly remain in touch with these travellers through phone calls during the isolation period.
After eight days, these travellers will be tested again through the RT-PCR method. The quarantine period will be over, if the test report comes negative, but in case of a positive result, they will either be hospitalised or will have to be in home isolation for 10 more days.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Manoj Agarwal said that health department teams will also visit houses of those in self isolation to check whether they are following the norm or not.
The DM order also said that all the flyers, both domestic and international, will have to declare their 15-day travel history at the airport. “The names, address and phone numbers of all the travellers will also be noted at the airport itself so that ICCC can keep track of their status in future,” he said.
The DM said that about 1,800 international and 4,500 domestic travellers arrive daily at the airport. These travellers come from different places, including Mumbai, Hyderabad, Goa, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Dubai, Sharjah, Muscat, Abu Dhabi, Jordan, Kuwait and Jeddah.
Samples of those testing positive, domestic or international travellers, will be sent for genome sequencing.
All major hospitals in the city have been asked by the health department to get the RT-PCR test done of all the patients who have recent international travel history.

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55 fully vaccinated inmates of Thane old age home test COVID-19 positive along with 7 others- The New Indian Express




THANE: Fifty-five fully vaccinated inmates of an old age home in Maharashtra’s Thane district and seven others have tested positive for coronavirus and all of them have been admitted to a civil hospital here, officials said on Sunday.

Of the seven others, five are employees of the old age home and two others are their family members, including a one-and-a-half-year-old girl, they said.

Following this, the district administration has declared Sorgaon village in Bhiwandi tehsil, where the facility is located, as a containment zone.

“After complaints of ill-health by a couple of inmates, a team of doctors had on Saturday tested 109 persons at the ‘Matoshree’ old age home located at Khadavali,” district health officer Dr Manish Renge told PTI.

Out of them, the results of 61 came out positive, he said, adding that another inmate had tested positive for the viral infection on Friday. “All of them have been admitted to the Thane Civil Hospital for treatment,” he said.

The district administration said in a statement that out of the total 62 persons – 37 males and 25 females – who have tested positive, 55 are inmates of the old age home, all of them above 60 years of age, five are its staff members and two others are the family members of these employees.

“The two infected family members of the employees are a one-and-a-half-year-old girl and a pregnant woman,” it said.

Out of all the patients, 41 are suffering from co-morbidities, it said, adding that of the total number of infected persons, 30 are asymptomatic.

Five other suspected patients from the old age home have also been admitted to the hospital, the district administration said.

“All the 55 inmates have already taken two jabs and four employees are also full vaccinated. Only one patient has not taken even a single dose so far,” it said, adding that the samples of 15 patients have been sent for genome sequencing.

Sorgaon village, which has a population of 1,130 with 343 houses, has been declared as a containment zone and other local residents are also being surveyed, it said.

The district administration is keeping a tab on the health of the patients and taking due steps to check further spread of the infection, Dr Renge said.

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India revises Covid-19 guidelines for international arrivals amid Omicron fears



Union Health Ministry revised guidelines for international arrivals in India on Sunday to be effective from December 1 amid the emergence of a new Covid-19 variant termed Omicron. The revised guidelines mandate submitting 14 days’ travel details and uploading a negative RT-PCR test report on the Air Suvidha portal before the journey.

All travelers will need to submit a self-declaration form before the scheduled travel under the new guidelines, including details of the last 14 days of travel. Travelers will also need to upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report 72 hours before undertaking any journey.

“The existing guidelines have been revised in view of reporting of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 (B.1.1.529; named Omicron) which has been now classified as Variant of Concern by the World Health Organization,” the Health Ministry said.

Passengers coming from ‘at-risk’ countries will have to undergo RT-PCR testing on arrival in India now.

If tested negative, they’ll follow home quarantine for seven days. Re-test will take place on the 8th day, which if negative, further self-monitoring will happen for next seven days.

A sub-section (5% of total flight passengers) will undergo post-arrival testing at random at the airport on arrival.

The Health Ministry has classified countries in Europe, including UK, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Israel as ‘at-risk’.

Earlier today, the central government said it would review the resumption of scheduled international commercial flights.

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