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Act on encroachers, CM tells mayors

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan today asked civic corporations in the State to immediately launch an anti-encroachment drive and take firm action against encroachers.

india Updated: May 19, 2006 13:28 IST

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan today asked civic corporations in the State to immediately launch an anti-encroachment drive and take firm action against encroachers.

Addressing a mayors’ conference at the Mantralaya here, Chouhan lauded Jabalpur Mayor Sushila Singh for ensuring removal of religious places on encroached land with people’s cooperation.

In Jabalpur, 53 encroachments were removed through consensus. In Katni, eight religious places were dismantled voluntarily. On regularisation of illegal colonies, Gwalior, Bhopal and Indore mayors got a word of praise from the Chief Minister.
Chouhan also called upon the mayors to take steps to increase revenue collection and broadbase sources of income while expanding civic amenities. He called for reduction of establishment expenditure of civic bodies.

Ratlam civic corporation records the highest -- 90 per cent -- establishment expenditure in the State while Singrauli the lowest at 19 per cent.

Chouhan asked mayors to maximise use of computers in the functioning of corporations to boost work efficiency and ensure greater transparency.

He pointed out that computers have helped civic bodies increase their revenue collection. Computerisation work is in progress at all civic corporations except Burhanpur.

This has enabled the bodies increase water and property taxes by almost 25 per cent, besides checking irregularities. The Chief Minister also suggested that the civic bodies introduce Samadhan Scheme to realise pending taxes.

First Published: May 19, 2006 13:28 IST