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Pune municipal corporation to impose solid waste management fee as part of property tax bill

While the current expenditure of SWM department is Rs 400 crore, it gets less than Rs 200 crore from the annual budget of PMC; this coming from the property tax department. Consequently, the city administration has justified the additional user fee by pointing out the deficit. 

pune Updated: Aug 09, 2018 15:58 IST
Parth Welankar
Parth Welankar
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune municipal corporation,solid waste management,property tax bill
Pune, India - June 18, 2018: PMC new building at corporation in Pune, India, on Monday, June 18, 2018. (Photo by Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)

With an aim to mitigate the deficit incurred by the Pune municipal corporation’s (PMC) Solid waste management (SWM) department, the civic body has now decided to impose an additional user fee on residents.

While the current expenditure of the SWM department is Rs 400 crore, it gets less than Rs 200 crore from the annual budget of the PMC; this coming from the property tax department.

Consequently, the city administration has justified the additional user fee by pointing out the deficit.

Rajendra Nimbalkar , PMC additional commissioner said, “We are not imposing any tax on the citizens. We are adding the user fee in the property tax bill which the citizens will have to pay. The cost that the SWM department incurs in collecting and segregating, along with the entire process, is Rs 400 crore. However, the money the department gets is less than Rs 200 crore.”

“This has resulted in a huge deficit for the department which often hampers the work,” Nimbalkar said.

According to Nimbalkar, this expenditure should be shared by the residents in a judicial proportion.

He said, “The work done by the SWM is directly related to citizens. Ergo, the citizens must share equal responsibility. Also, we will ensure that the additional user fee won’t be a financial burden on the citizens.”

Increased revenue will also help us expedite the work related to waste management, he added.

According to PMC officials, user fee slabs will be different for industrial, commercial and residential sectors.

Nimbalkar said, “We are currently working on the proposed user fee hike and the rate slabs will be decided soon. The entire work for the proposal is expected to be complete within a month’s time and will be presented before the next GB.”

First Published: Aug 09, 2018 15:58 IST