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Maharashtra govt sets up committee to carry out impact analysis of increasing slum tenement size

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The Times of India         10.01.2018

Maharashtra govt sets up committee to carry out impact analysis of increasing slum tenement size

MUMBAI: The state government has set up a committee to carry out an Impact Analysis if it decides to increase the size of the free tenement under the Slum Rehabilitation Scheme from the present 29 sq metres (269 sq feet) to 30 sq metres (323 sq feet).

The committee comprising the chief executive officer, SRA, additional municipal commissioner, BMC, additional metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA and the deputy director (Planning) SRA as member secretary will ascertain its impact on ongoing SRA schemes, sanctioned schemes and future schemes.

Under the Housing for All scheme of the central government, families from low income group are entitled to 323 sq feet tenements. In Maharashtra the government has decided to use additional housing stock that is generated from an SRS for the affordable housing scheme. There has been a demand for bringing the slum rehab tenement on par with the low income houses. The state government has agreed in-principle to increase the tenement size.

Sources said this would impact the floor space index that would need to be made available for the scheme to be viable and impact the civic infrastructure. The committee will submit its report within three months.

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Many properties ‘missing’ in tax portal! V. Geetanath HYDERABAD, January 07, 2018 00:00 IST Updated: January 07, 2018 03:52 IST Share Article PRINT A A A [Many properties ‘missing’ in tax portal!] Commissioners asked to make precise assessm

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The Hindu        08.01.2018  

Many properties ‘missing’ in tax portal!

Commissioners asked to make precise assessment, submit details within 10 days

About 13,113 urban properties in 63 municipalities or Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) across Telangana do not show any measurements pertaining to the size or shape in the official records while another 1,394 properties in 43 municipalities are with zero tax payment!

These ‘discrepancies’ in the property tax records in the Urban Local Bodies came to light when senior officials of the Municipal Administration and Urban Development pursued a report furnished by E-suvidha to the department detailing tax receipts for the year so far.

With just three months to go for the various municipal bodies to complete collection of property tax, which is a major source of revenue, the department has directed municipal commissioners of the ULBs concerned to make precise assessments of the properties listed and submit details of the same within 10 days.

There are close to 12.5 lakh properties in the 73 ULBs that have been satellite mapped and geo-tagged recently with the help of ISRO-National Remote Sensing Centre.

Karimnagar topped the list of maximum properties without any measurements at 1,484 followed by Adilabad (1,127), Khammam (960), Nizamabad (881), Tandur (748), Sangareddy (629), Palwancha (469) and Korutla (433).

Among municipalities with zero tax properties are Wanaparthy (324), Khammam (256), Zaheerabad (137) and Palwancha (126).

Third-party audits

Municipal Administration Minister K.T. Rama Rao had earlier asked the department to have third party independent audits on the functioning of the Urban Local Bodies and the Institute of Public Auditors has been poring through the records to check for fault lines to be corrected.

Already, about 16,800 properties not even in tax assessments have been identified and notices served, senior officials said.

Municipal commissioners concerned have now been instructed to ensure revenue inspectors are sent onto the field for physical verification of the properties listed in the above mentioned categories, take correct measurements, calculate the tax amount to be paid and update the same in the online tax module, as per orders by Commissioner & Director of Municipal Administration T.K. Sreedevi.


Govt slams proposal for user charge on garbage collection

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The Hindu        03.01.2018  

Govt slams proposal for user charge on garbage collection

Households could be charged between Rs. 50 and Rs. 200 per month.File photo  

‘No logic in levying fee for solid waste management’

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has objected to the joint proposal of the civic bodies to levy “user charge” on residential units and temples among others for door-to-door garbage collection, an official said.

The three municipal corporations, the New Delhi Municipal Council and the Delhi Cantonment Board had approached the Delhi Urban Development Department with a proposal for introducing “user charge” — ranging from Rs. 50 to Rs. 200 per month — for domestic waste generators depending on the category of the locality.

The proposal also includes levying user charge of Rs. 2,000 for collecting garbage from clinics, dispensaries and other places.

In a written comment on the proposal to Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal, Delhi Urban Development Minister Satyendar Jain said there is no logic in levying user charge for solid waste management, and added that house tax is collected mainly for this purpose.

‘Obligatory functions’

He said collection of garbage is covered under the “obligatory functions” according to the provisions under Section 42 of Delhi Municipal Corporation Act (66 of 1957).

“Charitable and religious institutions, including temples and dharamsalas need to be exempted from payment of user fee. Residential units in colonies falling in categories C to H prescribed for property tax categorisation should be exempted from the user fee,” Mr. Jain said.

‘Fees too high’

“In case of individual doctors’ clinics, dispensaries, the user fee of Rs. 2,000 is too high and should be limited to Rs. 100,” he added.

The Minister added that in some cases, the proposed user fee would be higher than the property tax being paid by the owner. Currently, garbage collection is outsourced to various contractors who collect waste from ‘ dhalaos ’ or dumps.

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation has been made the nodal agency for the proposal.


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