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No change in property and water tax rates

THE PROPOSALS related to hike in water tax and rationalisation of property tax could not be approved during the meeting of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) council today due to opposition by corporators. The citizens will pay the property tax according to last year.

india Updated: Apr 30, 2006 14:20 IST

THE PROPOSALS related to hike in water tax and rationalisation of property tax could not be approved during the meeting of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) council today due to opposition by corporators. The citizens will pay the property tax according to last year.

After the discussions, the BMC’s general council today postponed the proposal regarding the rationalisation of property tax, while the water tax hike proposal was rejected outright. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporators were divided over the approval of proposal regarding rationalisation of property tax.

Some of the BJP corporators, including Krishna Mohan Soni, were in favour of approving this proposal saying that the property tax is less in some areas. Soni said that the property tax is based on the collector’s guidelines regarding the land value in different areas. He said that this would rationalise the property tax.

However, another BJP corporator Asharam Sharma said that the property tax in some areas of Arera Colony have gone up by 19 to 70 percent. Sharma urged that a committee to review this proposal should be formed. Congress corporator Mohammed Salim also favoured the constitution of a committee and said that the collector’s rates of land are unsubstantiated.

On the other hand, Mayor Sunil Sood urged the members to approve this proposal, saying it would benefit the residents of many areas.

BJP corporator Vishnu Khatri forwarded a proposal to impose single tax on the citizens. He said that it is hard for the citizens to calculate different BMC taxes. It was decided that Khatri’s proposal would be sent for the state government’s approval.

After hearing the pleas, the BMC Chairman Ramdayal Prajapati decided to put this proposal on hold. There was no discussion on the proposal regarding the water tax hike to Rs 160 per month for the domestic connection holders. As soon as the proposal was introduced, Mayor himself stood and said that it was not the right time to increase the water tax.

After the discussion, the BMC council approved the proposal related to rationalisations of license fee after some amendments proposed by the BJP corporators. The proposal related to hike in the fee for the hoarding installation was also approved.

The BMC council also gave nod to the proposal related to imposition of fee for using the fire tenders outside the municipal limits. The BMC Chairman formed a committee for taking decision in case of renewal of lease in Categorised Market.