Dehradun, July 4
Officials of the Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) often complain of lack of revenue to carry out development works in the city. Several vacant shops, situated at different places in the city, have not been auctioned for the last 10 years.

The DMC did not take the pains to collect rent from the tenants of its properties in the last eight months, which amounts to Rs 85 lakh. Mukhya Nagar Adhikari Ashok Kumar said yesterday he did not have sufficient number of employees who could be sent to collect rentals for DMC properties. The tenants themselves did not bother to pay the DMC.
He said his two inspectors had retired. Additional Mukhya Nagar Adhikari left while Harsh Vardhan Mishra has occupied the post but another official, Sahayak Nagar Adhikari Neeraj Pandey, was keeping unwell. There were a couple of junior engineers and one executive engineer who kept running for works related to wards or meetings with other department officials. However, he said, he would send notice to the tenants to deposit rents.
With regard to several shops in the city, which had been lying vacant for almost a decade and were getting damaged for not being in use, he said:'' There is a lot of anomaly with regard to the premium rate fixed for these shops and their monthly rental. Since all these evaluations were done much before I joined, I am yet to see on what basis these rates were fixed, and will alter them as per the current circle rate.”
There are 25 DMC shops vacant on Kanwali Road, 10 on Malviya Road, 8 at Race Course, 7 at Subhash Nagar and 32 before DMC premises.
He also admitted that the rental was a bit high, which had discouraged the buyers to take up these shops on lease. For instance, for 45 shops in front of DMC, the premium had been fixed between Rs 35 lakh and Rs 25 lakh.

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