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PCMC asks residents of ‘dangerous’ bldgs to vacate

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The Times of India        14.05.2017 

PCMC asks residents of ‘dangerous’ bldgs to vacate

| | May 14, 2017, 11.00 PM IST
Navi Mumbai: The PCMC had asked citizens living in 'dangerous buildings' to vacate before the monsoon kicks in.

The residents have been served with a public notice to either vacate or repair the dilapidated buildings.

PCMC has also asked Cidco to inform the residents as a major part of the newly formed civic body is still handled by the town planning authority which also has data on the number of buildings.

PCMC engineer S B Katekar said, "The civic body in a public notice have asked the residents to vacate their dangerous buildings ahead of the monsoon. They have been asked to repair their houses too."

As per PCMC data, 37 buildings or houses were dangerous. "Most of them have either been vacated or redeveloped. However, the remaining number of buildings have to be checked,"Katekar added.

Cidco possibly has the count of buildings that fall in the dangerous category, the engineer said.

"PCMC has issued notices and given advertisements in local newspapers without doing a structural audit. They have not even prepared a technical report for issuing these notices," a city resident, R Ingole, said.

Some of the old buildings include the abandoned sub-divisional office in Line Ali area of Panvel. A few other buildings are located near Swami Nityanand Marg, Panvel.

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"Many children play in the open area of the sub divisional office. This building had also housed many offices," a Panvel resident, Rakesh Thakur, said.

In the absence of Cidco records, PCMC cannot declare buildings in Cidco nodes as dangerous. Further, the grampanchayats do not keep record of such buildings or houses that are dilapidated and dangerous.

Property tax collection: 22 urban local bodies chiefs get notice

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The New Indian Express        23.04.2017

Property tax collection: 22 urban local bodies chiefs get notice

HYDERABAD:  Taking a serious view of poor collection of property tax by several urban local bodies in the state during 2016-17, the director of municipal administration has slapped show-cause notices on 22 municipal commissioners for poor performance.

As property tax is the only source of major revenue for ULBs that helps them take up developmental works and provide better civic amenities to citizens. Director of municipal administration TK Sreedevi issued the notices, seeking explanation from the 22 commissioners for the poor collection of property tax which ranged between 40 and 80 per cent.

With the 2016-17 financial year having ended three weeks ago, the collection of property tax in all towns and cities was reviewed by the DMA and it was found that the 22 ULBs collected less than 85 percent of the tax, which was termed as not satisfactory.

In spite of the mandatory job work and specific instructions, the commissioners failed to improve the collections, thereby denting the finances of the ULBs. Bhupalpally stood at the bottom in property tax collection with 40.13 per cent.

Wanarparthy collected 57.55 percent and Palvoncha 62 per cent of the tax.

The collection of property tax, along with non-taxes, is the core function of a municipality. Prompt collection of property tax enables ULBS to meet their day-to-day administrative requirements.

In this connection, levy and collection of property tax was reviewed at the government and Head of Department (HoD) levels. Circulars were issued for 100 percent collection of property tax. Regular review through video and teleconferences was also conducted to improve the collections

. However, the 22 ULBs failed to achieve the targets set by the Director of Municipal Administration (DMA), and municipal commissioners were called upon to explain within seven days why disciplinary action should not be initiated against them for the said lapses.


GHMC fines 13 eateries

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The Hindu     11.04.2017  

GHMC fines 13 eateries

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) collected Rs. 7,54,600 through fines on hotels, restaurants and meat shops in the last few days.

Continuing the surprise checks on Monday, the officials inspected around 20 hotels across the city.

Unstamped meat

The officials fined 13 eateries for using unstamped meat and unhygienic kitchen conditions.

Al-Fathas Biryani Durbar in Habsiguda was seized and a fine of Rs. 10,000 slapped on the management for unhygienic cooking conditions.

Grand Swagath Hotel in Ramanthapur was also fined Rs. 5,000 for poor maintenance of toilets.

Sitara Bar and Restaurant on IDPL Croassroads was fined Rs. 20,000 for poor sanitary conditions.

In Kapra circle, Ratna restaurant was fined Rs. 20,000, and Bawarchi was fined Rs. 5,000.

Till date, 123 hotels were inspected out of which 93 were fined for various violations.

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