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Brace up for tax to clear solid waste

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
By Suresh Golani

After much dilly-dallying over the collection of solid waste management cess, the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) has finally imposed a service charge for garbage collection from residents and owners of commercial establishments in the twin-city starting April 1. While the standing committee on Monday gave its nod to levy the tax, the resolution will be tabled before the general body for a final approval.

With an aim of meeting financial resources for effective waste management services, the civic administration had proposed an annual user service charge of Rs. 195 and Rs. 895 for residential and commercial properties, respectively. “To ease the tax burden, we revised the tax structure by levying Re. 1 per sq ft annual tax for residential (maximum charge restricted at Rs. 2000) and Rs. 1.50 per sq ft for commercial entities capping its upper limit at Rs. 15,000,” said standing committee chairman Dhruv Kishor Patil.

However, hotels, restaurants and banquet halls will have to pay Rs. 3 per sq ft with the maximum charge capped at Rs. 10,000 per annum. The MBMC has integrated payment of service charges for garbage collection with payment of property tax. With this move, the BJP-ruled MBMC has enforced rules under the Solid Waste Management By-Laws, 2016, framed in accordance with the Maharashtra Municipalities Act. The Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, state that waste generators shall pay a fee to the user for solid waste management as specified in the by-laws of the local bodies. The charges are being levied to meet at least a portion of the expenditure incurred towards sanitation initiatives.

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Funding towards the day-to-day cleanliness and ferrying of garbage to the dumping grounds is a major concern for the MBMC as its expenses have touched the roof owing to a significant jump in population and rapid urbanisation. With generation of garbage increasing from 350 to 550 metric tonnes per day, the proposed funding outlay has registered an upward revision from Rs. 80 crore to Rs. 128 crore, this is compounded by additional financial burden owing to mandated approval by the civic administration, in adherence to government rules towards a hike in minimum wages of contractual workers.

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