Shimla: Shimla Municipal Corporation in its 2nd general house held here in historic town hall today witnessed pandemonium over couple of issues like resignation of Commissioner and Mayor besides a demand to de notify the merged areas out of MC limit.
Meeting was chaired by Mayor Madhu Sud this afternoon and had to be adjourned for half an hour, as BJP members insisted over resignation of Mayor and Congress on resignation of MC Commissioner A.N.Sharma over the controversy of allowing to build up a colony amid thick forest and green felling to develop a road for the said colony. However, councilor from Malyana Meer Sharma brought a special resolution to remove the merged 59 villages and three wards of Nagar Panchayat Dhali from the MC jurisdictions, exposing non-seriousness by the corporation in implementation of the developmental works raising the issue of lack of basic civic amenities.
The councilors came down heavily over the Congress ruled MC and BJP ruled state to impose the property tax on the people by bringing amendment in the MC act. Members of Congress also opposed the levying of property tax in the merged areas and demanded that it should not be imposed until the basic amenities and development could not be at par with the core area. BJP Councilors opposed the resolution, terming it against the state government, which is striving hard to make MC Shimla developed and planned.
Discussing the imposition of tax, Councilor Mahinder Singh Chauhan demanded for one time settlement for regularization of the houses and provision of basic amenities before the taxes are imposed on the residents of the area. He urged the house to increase the grant in aid for the development of these merged areas. In the end the house unanimously rejected the idea of imposition of tax in the newly merged areas.