Thursday, 19 April 2012

Now, pay 'garbage tax, Aurangabad AMC


Civic body moots proposal to charge money for clearing garbage Under the residential category, the proposed user charges (annually) are Rs. 120 from each flat or bungalow owner and Rs. 60 each from a slum-dweller annually. In the commercial category, the AMC has proposed to collect Rs. 6,000 from function halls, theatres and lawns; Rs. 12,000 from shopping malls; Rs. 1,200 from government and semi-government and private offices. lokmat news service


The Solid Waste Management Cell of the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has tabled a proposal seeking approval of the general body to levy charges for lifting garbage from residential and commercial properties so as to transform Aurangabad into a garbage-free city. The proposal states that the collection of user charges has been successful in Shimla, Dehradun, New Delhi and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporations. Presently, the AMC collects three per cent from residential and 10 per cent from commercial properties for garbage handling under the head of property tax and does not levy a separate tax for this purpose. The administration says it will be possible for it to maintain clean roads, efficiently collect garbage, transport it, dispose it of and help in maintaining tidy and hygienic environment by levying user charges.

Under the residential category, the proposed user charges (annually) are Rs. 120 from each flat or bungalow owner and Rs. 60 each from a slum-dweller annually. In the commercial category, the AMC has proposed to collect Rs. 6,000 from function halls, theatres and lawns; Rs. 12,000 from shopping malls; Rs. 1,200 from government, semi-government and private offices; Rs. 600 from schools and colleges; Rs. 1,200 from hospitals; Rs. 2,400 from pathology laboratories; between Rs. 1,200 and Rs. 6,000 from Nursing Homes (on cot basis) and Rs. 3,600 from industries. 

The AMC has also proposed collecting Rs. 500 (daily basis) from organisers of temporary exhibitions, conventions and owners of slaughter houses. The demand of sanitation cess under the property tax during 2011-12 was Rs. 2.29 crore. If the proposal is okayed, the AMC would be earning Rs. 4.81 crore.

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