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Property tax in smart cities in Tamil Nadu may take a northern route

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The New Indian Express     02.04.2017 

Property tax in smart cities in Tamil Nadu may take a northern route

CHENNAI: The property tax in six smart cities in the State may go up if the recommendation of the Union Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) to generate funds under Smart City Mission is implemented.

According to the Ministry, the cities have to generate funds by floating tenders before April 30, 2017, to revise advertisement tax policy, cut down non-revenue water and maximise property tax. 

Chennai and Coimbatore have been selected as smart cities in the first round, while Vellore, Madurai, Salem and Thanjavur have been picked in the second round in 2016-17. 

The four cities selected in the second round are yet to provide information to MoUD on committed investments. It is learnt that a total of Rs 10,977.50 crore-worth projects have been completed by other Indian cities selected in the second round.

Sources said Vellore, Madurai and Thanjavur have invited tenders for project management consultants to implement smart city projects.

The move has come in the wake of the ministry stating that it would provide funds to appoint consultancy firms if tender is called before April 30.

Similarly, among the cities chosen in the first round, Chennai and Coimbatore lag behind in completing the projects. They, besides Bhopal and Kochi, have completed less than one per cent of projects and find themselves at the bottom of the ranking chart.

A total of Rs 23,387 crore-worth projects have been carried out till date by the 20 cities selected in the first round, according to MoUD.


Corporation to levy user charge for proper implementation of solid waste management

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The Times of India    02.04.2017

Corporation to levy user charge for proper implementation of solid waste management

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MADURAI: The civic body has decided to levy user charge for all buildings in its limits for proper implementation of solid waste management in the city and has also decided on the fines to be collected with regard to the same.

A special meeting of the Madurai Corporation was convened by the special officer and corporation commissioner Sandeep Nanduri on Saturday, in which all officials participated. During the meeting, it was stated that solid waste management rules 2016 of the central government are applicable to all local bodies, and every local body is responsible for any infrastructure development for collection, storage, segregation, transportation, processing and disposal of the waste.

It was also decided to bring all establishments in the corporation including individual houses, commercial complexes, hotels, eateries, hospitals, wholesale trading establishments and retail trading units under the Madurai Corporation's solid waste management move.

As per Madurai Corporation rules of 1971, action will be initiated and a fine imposed on anyone disposing their waste in public places leading to environmental pollution and the local bodies can charge a user fee for proper waste disposal, from collection to disposal. The user fee for different establishments was approved at the meeting, and public have been asked to raise objections if any, within one week of issue of this notice.

The user fee for individual houses, where the property tax for six months is within Rs 500 is Rs 10 and if the property tax is above Rs 2001 is Rs 50. Private nursery and elementary schools will have to pay Rs 500 a month, while private schools above nursery level will have to pay Rs 1,000 a month. Hospitals will have to pay Rs 1,000 a month for disposable of non-biomedical waste, tea stalls Rs 100, sweet stalls - Rs 500, mobile restaurants - Rs 600, bigger restaurants Rs 1,500 and those that generate more than three tonnes per day Rs 6,000 to Rs 30,000.

Marriage halls will have to pay Rs 1,000 for every event conducted, meat and fish stalls Rs 500, cinema theatres Rs 1,500 and venues where exhibitions and circuses are conducted Rs 250 per day. Textile and tannery wastes would be charged Rs 1,500 per load of waste, while the user charge for clearing a load of construction debris would be Rs 750. The meeting also resolved to allow a private organization Milan Marbles, to clear the overgrowth of bushes in Sathaiyaru tank in Uthangudi village with their own funds for a period of three years.

Corporation engineer assaulted while checking illegal tapping of water

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The Hindu       31.03.2017 

Corporation engineer assaulted while checking illegal tapping of water

Incident happened at Chockalinga Nagar

Koodal Pudur police have registered a case against a few persons who reportedly assaulted Corporation Assistant Engineer V. Maniyan (48) and few others when they went into their house to seize motor pumps used for illegal suction of piped water at Chockalinga Nagar on Wednesday.

The police also booked the accused for preventing the officials from discharging their duties and for criminal intimidation.

Meanwhile, in a counter complaint, Sathik Raghuman (54) has said that 20 Corporation employees trespassed into his house and harassed the women in the family. A case was registered under Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act.

Two arrested

Madurai city police have arrested two persons, including a 19-year-old youth, and recovered five four-wheelers and one motorcycle that were stolen from Madurai, Chengalpattu, Chennai and Tiruchi.

A statement said a police team led by Thilagar Thidal Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime) Petchimuthu Pandian intercepted and interrogated a two-wheeler rider P. Kalidoss near DM Court and later recovered the stolen vehicles and arrested another person, Tirusangu.


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