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LMC to tax house owners

IN A fresh bid to crackdown on rooftop hoardings, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) will slap commercial tax on such houses. This time the corporation has adopted a four-pronged approach to address the problem. (a) Identify the houses with rooftop hoardings, (b) Check whether they have a fitness certificate from the LDA. (c) If yes, then does the hoarding or tower exceed the sanctioned weight-bearing capacity? (d) Demolitions in case of anomalies.

india Updated: May 03, 2006 00:29 IST

IN A fresh bid to crackdown on rooftop hoardings, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) will slap commercial tax on such houses.

This time the corporation has adopted a four-pronged approach to address the problem. (a) Identify the houses with rooftop hoardings, (b) Check whether they have a fitness certificate from the LDA. (c) If yes, then does the hoarding or tower exceed the sanctioned weight-bearing capacity? (d) Demolitions in case of anomalies.

Additional Municipal Commissioner Santosh Kumar has issued directives to all zonal officers to identify the buildings having rooftop hoardings and towers in their zones.

These buildings would be served notices soon to get a fitness certificate of their rooftop from the LDA or concerned authorities.

The municipal corporation has also written to the LDA to examine the weight- bearing capacity of the buildings before giving them the permission to install the heavy hoardings and towers.

“The owners of these buildings earn between Rs 30,000 and Rs 1 lakh per month but they hardly share it with the LMC. Earlier, we brought them under the publicity tax net but now slapping of commercial tax on these buildings is considered,” said additional municipal commissioner Santosh Kumar.

“At the same time we will serve notices on the buildings which are weak but having rooftop hoardings on them. These types of buildings are not only a threat to the people living inside them but also for their neighbours. We can’t risk the lives of other residents.  There has to be some criteria fixed for the installation of rooftop hoardings in the city.”

So, far the LMC has identified about 600 such buildings. Most of these buildings are situated in the VVIP areas of Hazratganj, Park Road, Nishatganj, Mahanagar, Indira Nagar, Gomti Nagar, Aliganj, Lalbagh  On the condition of anonymity an official of LMC said, “Sixty per cent of these houses are not fit for bearing the weight of such hoardings, most of these buildings are too old to bear 1000 Kg of rooftop steel and winds hitting them. If these buildings collapse in the season when thunderstorm are frequent then people are always going to blame us. Not the agencies which have permitted them to install huge hoardings.”