Friday, 27 September 2013

User charges to be collected from April 1 - Source LT

In a significant move, the general body meeting of the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) today passed a resolution to charge user charges from April 1 onwards. 
The resolution aimed at improving the fiscal condition of the corporation, the condition of city roads and garbage management. 
Moved as an eleventh-hour subject, the proposal was through with the support of all-party members. 
The AMC will be earning between Rs 25 and Rs 30 crore annually by way of user charges. The money thus collected will be used for maintaining roads and garbage management. 
Presently, the AMC spends around Rs 80 lakh every month on garbage management alone.
According to municipal commissioner Harshadeep Kamble, the government has made it mandatory for the AMC to collect user charges. "The government will stop releasing funds to the AMC, if the latter fails to collect user charges," he clarified. 
As reported earlier, the proposal to levy user charges through a private agency was first tabled in the general body meeting in March 2013, which had set it aside. Today, the civic administration moved the proposal afresh and the mayor passed it with the consent of the House.
Tax structure 
As per the structure of user charges, bungalow/flat owners will have to pay 50 paise daily, followed by slum-dwellers (25 paise), hotels (Rs 25-200), cinema/function halls/lawns (Rs 100), shopping malls or weekly bazaars (Rs 500), government/private offices, schools, colleges (Rs 10), hawkers (Rs 1), hospitals, nursing homes or pathology laboratories (Rs 15); nursing homes (50 beds to 1,000 beds, Rs 25 to Rs 125), industries (Rs 600), meat shops (Rs 15), non-residential properties (Rs 10) and temporary sheds, exhibitions, public gatherings and slaughter houses (Rs 1,000).

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