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Standing committee rejects proposed tax hikes

RAJKOT: The status committee of Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) on Monday rejected the tax hikes proposed by way of the administration for the 2019-20 price range. The municipal commissioner Banchha Nidhi Pani had proposed hike in car tax, water tax and belongings tax to the track of Rs 41 crore.

With Lok Sabha elections in sight, the status committee disapproved Rs 20 crore hike in belongings tax, Rs 6 crore in car tax, Rs 5 crore in water tax, Rs 5 crore every in cleanliness and drainage tax. However, in spite of the rejection in tax proposals, the price range size was greater to Rs 2,126.10 crore from the proposed Rs 2,057.42 crore.

The status committee has steered Rs 68.68 crore worth of schemes like renovation of Arvindbhai Maniyar Hall and Shayama Prasad Mukherji artwork gallery, cleaning of 3 new celebration plots, hygienic meals boulevard, foot over-bridge connecting Jubili Garden and Gandhi museum and renovation of Jubili garden.

The committee whilst rejecting the tax hikes like 100% building up in carpet area issue proposed for building more than 30-years-old, said that for the reason that RMC was not going to provide any new facility to the affected areas, there was no point in levying further tax on such homes. The areas that would were suffering from the tax come with business areas like canal highway, Para Bazar, Dharmendra Road, Ghee Kanta highway, Soni Bazar, Lakhajiraj highway, Jubili Market, Danapith, Bhupendra highway, Karansinhji highway, Kotharia Naka.

The RMC commissioner had additionally proposed water tax on all of the citizen to take away just about 45,000 unauthorized connections, alternatively, the status committee was of the view that the ones individuals who don’t use RMC’s water and depend at the herbal supply of water can’t be penalized.

Municipal commissioner Pani had additionally steered parking charge on congested roads like Racecourse ground, Kalavad highway, Yagnik highway, Dhebarbhai highway, Jamnagar highway, Kuvadva highway, Jawahar highway, Tagore highway, Raiya highway, University highway and Gondal highway to curb the visitors drawback. The status committee rejected this proposal pronouncing that till RMC is not able to provide ok parking zone the civic frame must not charge parking tax.

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