The exemption from conversion charges sought for one heritage haveli has showered windfall benefit on all 767 heritage buildings notified by the Delhi government’s Urban Development Department. One can’t but thank Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Vijay Goel.
About 10 days after the North Delhi Municipal Corporation sought tax benefits for a haveli in Old Delhi owned by Vijay Goel’s son Siddhant Goel, it has altered its heritage conservation goals to all 767 heritage buildings notified by the Delhi Government’s Urban Development Department.
In the first plan proposed by the North Delhi mayor in the standing committee on August 10, the corporation sought exemption from conversion charges for a single property located at 2293, Gali Anarwali, Dharampura, which is owned by Siddhant Goel.
The standing committee returned the proposal, stating that tax benefits cannot be awarded to just one property. The proposal is said to have been ‘referred back’ and the commissioner said the proposal should be redrafted to include all heritage buildings in the jurisdiction of the corporation, and not just one haveli.