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‘Annual property tax collection unlawful’

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The Hindu        11.04.2017  

‘Annual property tax collection unlawful’

Taxpayers say interest on delayed payment is also illegal

The Taxpayers Association on Monday criticised the move of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) to collect property tax annually terming it an unlawful act.

Speaking to the media persons, association secretary M.V. Anjaneyulu said as per Section 264 of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Act 1955, a corporation can collect tax either for three or six months. “Even the council has no right to collect annually and it is surprising that a Commissioner is initiating a move on tax collection for one year which is unlawful.” He said even the 2% interest on delayed payment was not within the ambit of law. The statement that the corporation would stop essential services such as drinking water, drainage and other services was nothing but coercion and harassment.

He said it was sad the corporation was not taking interest in collecting the ever-increasing defaults including by legislators, parliamentarians and other influential persons. “The civic body should use these stringent Sections of the law against defaulters, not against the citizens. Because of the inaction of the officers, the corporation is pushed to financial hardship,” he said. He said even the State and the Central government units such as the Railways, the State Guest House, the Police Department, trusts and several religious institutions were not paying tax regularly and no action was taken against them.


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.


NGT notice to waste generators

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The Hindu      11.04.2017

NGT notice to waste generators

The National Green Tribunal on Monday issued notices to major waste generators in the city including five-star hotels, malls, hospitals, educational institutions with hostels, and housing societies which have not complied with Solid Waste Management Rules 2016.

A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked these defaulting bodies to reply within two weeks as to why they should not be asked to pay environment compensation of Rs. 5 lakh for failing to properly manage and treat sewage.

Hotels in the dock

The NGT issued notices to eight defaulting hotels and two hospitals in the New Delhi Municipal Council, seven hotels, four malls, five hospitals, railway and bus stations in East Delhi Municipal Corporation, besides many such institutions in North and South Delhi Municipal Corporation. The order came after a report submitted by a committee recommended action against defaulting bodies for improper management of waste.



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