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City to get 161 tax payment centres

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The Hindu        13.11.2014 

City to get 161 tax payment centres

Come December 1, a total of 161 integrated centres where residents can pay both property and water taxes will come up across the city.

These centres will come up in existing division offices of the Corporation and depot offices of Metrowater.

Tie-up with bank

The facility is the result of an agreement between the two civic agencies and ING Vysya Bank, and is aimed at making the process easy for citizens.

ING Vysya Bank will sponsor manpower at the centres, which will remain open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Payment of property tax can be made by cheque or DD.

Receipts on the spot

Officials said receipts for the payment would be provided at the centres itself.

The existing system of property tax collection has various modes of payment, including facilitation counters in the city’s 15 zones and at Ripon Buildings, walk-in counters at 400 bank branches, door-to-door collection by tax collectors and online payment.

With a target of Rs. 600 crore, the civic body may exceed its property tax collection target this year.

Councillor S.M.K. Mohammad Ali Jinnah said the new centres would help residents in areas that are not near zonal offices.

The Corporation’s online system of property tax collection has been disrupted a number of times because of problems in its electronic data processing cell.

Residents will be able to pay both water and property taxes at the integrated centres that will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


New advisory board on urban local bodies’ taxes

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The Hindu        06.11.2014  

New advisory board on urban local bodies’ taxes

With the State Property Tax Board Act coming into effect from Saturday (November 1), the decks have been cleared for the early formation of a board to assist and guide urban local bodies (ULBs) in the assessment and revision of property tax.

To be headed by an officer of the rank of Secretary, the board will, among others, make a comparative analysis of the tax rates across the ULBs.

Though the Assembly adopted the Bill in May last year, the government issued a notification only on October 31 this year. The decision to constitute such a board was based on the recommendation of the 13th Finance Commission, which also laid it as one of the preconditions for getting the performance grant to local bodies.

Apart from the Commissioner of Municipal Administration, the board will have Chennai Corporation Commissioner and Director of Town Panchayats as members. The government can also nominate three persons, having knowledge and experience in the field of valuation of properties and taxation on the board.

The government notification came only on October 31 this year


Corporation mulls ‘pay-and-park’ system in Thillai Nagar

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The Hindu          30.10.2014  

Corporation mulls ‘pay-and-park’ system in Thillai Nagar

  • Free for all:Haphazard parking of two-wheelers and autorickshaws on Thillai Nagar main road causes huge inconvenience to road-users.— Photo: A. Muralitharan
    Free for all:Haphazard parking of two-wheelers and autorickshaws on Thillai Nagar main road causes huge inconvenience to road-users.— Photo: A. Muralitharan

Civic body aims to cash in on shopping crowd flocking the area

The Tiruchirapalli City Corporation has proposed to levy a fee for parking vehicles on some arterial roads in the city.

The proposal, once approved by the Corporation Council, may be implemented on a pilot basis predominantly in and around Thillai Nagar, the city’s prime residential locality where a large number of commercial establishments have come up in recent years.

According to the proposal, the fee is to be levied for vehicles parked on the Thillai Nagar Main Road, Shastri Road, and Fort Station Road, all in Thillai Nagar, and E.V.R.Road-Vayalur Road near Puthur.

The corporation plans to levy a fee of Rs. 3 for two-wheelers; Rs. 5 for four-wheelers such as cars and vans and Rs. 10 for buses. All rates will be applicable for a six-hour period.

The corporation estimates that it could rake in about Rs. 22 lakh a year through the levy of the parking fee on these roads.

The civic body’s initiative seems to be mainly aimed at cashing in the large number of shoppers who clock the areas. In the absence of provision for parking in most of the commercial buildings, visitors park their vehicles on the road sides.

It has been widely alleged that many of these buildings have been built with plan approvals showing parking space in basements but these have been converted into commercial area in violation of the rules.

According to an official resolution which will be tabled before the Corporation Council, there were 280 commercial establishments on the Thillai Nagar Main Road; 172 on Shastri Road; 50 on Fort Station Road, and 20 along the EVR Road.

In recent years, the police had enforced a no-parking rule along the arterial roads such as the Thillai Nagar Main Road.

But this is giving headache to people living on the cross roads in the area as vehicles are parked haphazardly on these roads.

With violators often being penalised, people visiting the shops and innumerable commercial establishments along the Thillai Nagar Main Road started flocking the cross roads to park their vehicles. The situation has turned so bad that vehicles could hardly negotiate the cross roads, especially at the 11th Cross. Accidents have become frequent at the cross road intersections.

There have been demands that parking should not be allowed for at least 100 metres on the cross roads from the Thillai Nagar Main Road.

It remains to be seen whether the corporation move will help regulate the problem or aggravate it.


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