IF THE current rate of revenue collection is any indication, the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) would not be able to reach even 25 per cent of total revenue demand worth Rs 101 crore for year 2006-07. Till November end, the BMC could realise an amount of Rs 22 crore.
This could be worrying for the BMC authorities, as they have already started many ambitious projects in the City.
The BMC would need more than Rs 150 crore only for the projects under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) during the next financial year.
Some of the BMC officials are sceptical about reaching anywhere near the revenue demand for the current financial year. “The BMC could hardly collect an amount of Rs 48 crore during the financial year 2005-06. Some old dues were recovered during the last financial year.
The authorities should expect the same amount this year as well”, said a BMC official involved in the revenue collection work.
So far the BMC could realise about Rs 6.50 crore of property tax besides Rs 4.50 crore of water tax. After adding other taxes and license fee, the BMC could collect a total Rs 22 crore till November 30. In the same period of the last financial year, the BMC had collected an amount of Rs 24 crore.
The BMC officials, however, said that the shortfall is a result of the recent floods in the City.
They said that the revenue collection would speed up in the coming two months as most of the taxpayers wait till March for depositing the taxes. The BMC has also started special realisation camps during the past fortnight.