Haryana to utilize EDC funds in area from where it’s collected

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   The Haryana government on July 12, announced to utilize the revenue generated through the external development charges (EDC) in the town where the licence was issued and money collected from. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar gave a go ahead to the proposal by the state’s town and country planning (TCP) department

   The EDC received by TCP department under the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975, was sent to the headquarters.

   Thereafter, the money was utilised by the Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran for completion of various development works in different cities. It was brought to the notice of the CM that sometimes this system caused discrimination with a particular area where people deposits more EDC through licences.

   Following Khattar directions, the officers have prepared draft of amendment in the rules to bring further transparency. Now, separate bank accounts would be opened in all cities in which the EDC collected would be deposited and spent on development of the cities. As per the amendment, the director or any other government agency or local authority receiving EDC would maintain a town-wise account statement of the receipts.

   The EDC received against any specific project in a given town would be utilised for provision of external development of the respective town. In case, the amount is received against EDC by any government agency or local authority other than the director, it would be the responsibility of such government agency of local authority to maintain town-wise account statement for the amount received by them. Such account statement would be updated on monthly basis and hosted on the website for the purpose of the information of all concerned.

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source: Economic times.

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