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Pay 10 times more to book MCD halls for marriage.

BOOKING a community hall for a function is set to be a costly affair with the Municipal Corporation of Delhi ( MCD) planning to hike the booking amount.

The MCD has proposed to increase the booking charges for such facilities ranging from 2.5 to even 10 times in various categories. According to the civic agency, this was necessitated because of an increase in the maintenance expenses for these halls.

The 216 community halls maintained by the civic body has been divided into five categories based on their location and the facilities provided in them.

According to the proposal, the MCD wants to increase booking charges by almost 10 times for categories D and E. With this, the booking amount for category D will increase from Rs 1,500 to Rs 10,000 and for category E, it will rise from Rs 500 to Rs 5,000.

Besides this, the civic agency wants to increase sanitation charges which need to be paid at the time of booking a hall.

This will be Rs 1,500 for all categories.

" The proposal also suggests charging 12.36 per cent as service tax while booking a community hall as per the latest direction of commissioner," an MCD official said.

The latest move by the MCD will be a jolt for Delhiites who already face a shortage of venues for holding functions such as weddings. The Delhi High Court had recently passed an order to ban weddings in and around 675 municipal parks from January 1, 2010.

Moreover, there are no community halls in 128 MCD wards.

" We had filed an action plan in the high court under which we need to construct 147 more community halls in the next five years. We need funding for that.

In fact, the amount charged by other civic bodies is much higher than ours," the official added.

Pet Tax

The civic body has proposed to retain its present dog tax of Rs 5. With this, any person who wants to a buy a pet dog will have to pay Rs 20, of which Rs 15 is registration fee. Money collected from this tax will be used for the upkeep of stray dogs.

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Date:Dec 15, 2009
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