New Delhi: Traders in Delhi have raised questions regarding the timing of increasing the annual fee for permitting and renewing individual business licenses through NDMC. Traders say that they are still in the stage of recovering from the economic loss caused by Kovid-19. The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has increased the annual fee of licenses by up to seven percent for the year 2021-22, amid disrupted economic activities due to Kovid-19. This includes hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, lodging houses and sweet shops.
Atul Bhargava, president of New Delhi Traders Association, representing Delhi’s Connaught Place market, said, “The percentage of increase in license fee is not very high but the timing of increasing it is very wrong. Traders are running in losses and even after the lockdown is lifted, the business is not back on track yet. During the epidemic, no exemption was given to the traders and an additional expenditure has been imposed on it.
Representatives of Khan Market Traders Association also said, “At this point of time, more support is expected from the government. Some relaxation in tax and utility bills will provide relief to those traders who have been running business from their pocket for more than a year. This is a very insensitive move at this time.” NDMC has made the highest increase in license fee for five-star hotels. Earlier, he had to pay Rs 61,200 annually but now he will have to pay Rs 65,484.
How much will the license fee be?
The annual license fee for slaughterhouses, fish and poultry vendors has been increased from Rs 1,200 to Rs 1,284. Apart from this, the license fee for cafes and coffee shops with more than 50 seats has been increased from Rs 12,200 to Rs 13,054. Similarly, the license fee for guest houses with up to 20 beds has been increased from Rs 2,400 to Rs 2,568. Whereas, for guest houses with 21 to 50 beds, from Rs 6,100 to Rs 6,527, for guest houses with 50 to 100 beds, Rs 13,054 instead of Rs 12,200 and for guest houses with more than one hundred beds, the annual license fee is now Rs 26,215 instead of Rs 24,500. Will be.
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