Corporators on Wednesday unanimously demanded that the civic administration waive 3% octroi on domestic gas to give relief to Mumbai’s citizens.
The price of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) was increased by Rs50 by the Centre recently. The state government does not tax LPG, and an octroi waiver is the only way to relieve citizen’s burden. Shiv Sena leader Rahul Shewale, chairman of the civic standing committee proposed the waiver. Other political parties including the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena supported him.
Shewale also suggested a pilot project to see how the waiver would affect the treasury. Though the civic body could not specify exactly how much relief citizens would get, sources said it would bear a loss of Rs300 crore yearly if the octroi on LPG were waived off.
Subodh Kumar said: “I have neither received any such proposal and nor discussed it .” Ashish Shelar, BJP leader said, “The administration should come up with its view in a week. We will decide our stand then.”
Both Sameer Desai from Congress and Niyaz Vanu from NCP said, “This is a non-political proposal and we welcome the demand.”