The Haryana government will soon sign an agreement with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) for extension of Delhi Metro from Mundka to Bahadurgarh on the outskirts of the national capital.

The signing of the agreement between the Haryana government and the DMRC will enable the Delhi Metro to start construction of the project till Bahadurgarh in Jhajjar district of Haryana.

This was decided today at a meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, which authorised the Principal Secretary, Town and Country Planning Department, to sign the agreement.

An official spokesman said the total cost of the project will be Rs 1,991 crore, of which Haryana’s share will be Rs 787.96 crore.

The extension of the Delhi Metro was approved by the state cabinet in July last year.

Property tax rationalisation

The cabinet also approved the proposal of the Urban Local Bodies Department to rationalise property tax in the municipalities of the state by approving a draft of the revised notification.

As per the amendment, in case of vacant residential land up to 250 sq yards (plot size up to 100 sq yards) shall be exempted. Besides, there shall be no property tax on vacant plot of one acre and above for horticulture and agriculture purposes only.

Pollution check centres

The cabinet also approved the amendment in Haryana Motor Vehicles Rules, 1993 to simplify the procedure to obtain authorisation for setting up of Pollution Check Centres under which the district Regional Transport Authority would now be empowered to issue the authorisation.

(This article was published on January 23, 2013)
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