New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has increased the annual fee for permission and renewal of individual business licenses by up to seven per cent for the year 2021-22, amid disrupted economic activities due to Kovid-19. It also includes hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, lodging houses and sweet shops. Officials said on Thursday that the highest increase in license fee has been made for five-star hotels. Earlier, he had to pay Rs 61,200 annually but now he will have to pay Rs 65,484.
A senior official of the body said, “The increase in license fee for the year 2021-22 will be applicable from April 1. There will be no increase in license fee for small shops and stalls.
How much has the fee increased
The annual license fee for butchers, fish sellers and chicken sellers has been increased from Rs 1,200 to Rs 1,284. Officials said that guest houses with less than 20 beds will now get Rs 2,568 instead of Rs 2,400, those with 21 to 50 beds will get Rs 6,527 instead of Rs 6,100, those with 50 to 100 beds will get Rs 13,054 instead of Rs 12,200 and those with more than 100 beds. The guest house will now have to pay a fee of Rs 26,215 instead of Rs 24,500.
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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. Officials said that earlier the license fee of Rs 1,200 was charged for office canteen, sweet shop, gym, circus and auditorium, which has now been increased to Rs 1,284.
Whereas dancing halls in cinema halls, hotels, clubs and spas will have to pay a license fee of Rs 6,527 instead of Rs 6,500.
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Traders raised questions regarding the timing of increasing the license fee
Traders say that they are still in the era of recovering from the economic loss caused by Kovid-19, why has the fee been increased at such a time. 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. No exemption was given to the traders during the pandemic and an additional expenditure has been imposed on it.
Representatives of the Khan Market Traders Association also said, ‘More support is expected from the government at this time. 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 point of time.
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