Mayor stresses on tax recovery, quick implementation of projects

 Mayor B L Bhyrappa was addressing a Progress Review Meeting

A day after announcing the Rs 806.24 crore budget for the year 2016-17, the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC),  taking into consideration the dismal state of tax recovery and arrears, has directed the MCC officials of various departments to focus on revenue and collecting arrears.

The corporation has specifically fixed the accountability of property tax, water and sewerage departments to collect the pending dues from the defaulters and conduct area-wise camps for the same. The stress at a progress review meeting convened by MCC Mayor B L Bhyrappa on Thursday was given on the tax recovery and immediate commencement of the schemes announced in the corporation budget.

“Let’s not wait for the funds from the government to start our programmes. With the money we have with us, we can start the works to ensure the projects are completed in time,” Bhyrappa told the MCC officials.

The Mayor expressed his disappointment over the Vani Vilas Water Works (VVWW) officials for failing to collect water tax saying more than 70 percent water tax was yet to be collected.
“It is disappointing,” he said when the Executive Engineer from VVWW apprised him of the arrears of Rs 120 crore.

Bhyrappa said, referring to a letter, that though people in a few areas were willing to pay the water tax, they claimed to have not received the bill. He directed the officials to hold area-wise camps to collect the water bill from April first week and also directed him to disconnect the water connection of those who don’t pay the tax.

The Mayor further said that the property tax was not being collected from Railway quarters in zone 2, 4, 6 since 2002. The arrears had reached a Rs two crore mark thus it need to be collected. It was mandatory for everyone to pay property and service tax, he said and directed the concerned officials to issue notices to the defaulters.

It was also brought to the notice of the Mayor that a few new apartments and buildings in city had paid less tax by showing wrong measurement of the sites. The differential prize for each building, the officials said, would be 10-15 lakh. Bhyrappa, however, asked the revenue officials to collect the difference amount.

On the programmes to be taken up under the announced budget, Bhyrappa said that Swachh Street Food Zones at four zones – Ballal Circle, Mysuru-Bengaluru road, JP Nagar and Saraswatipuram – for which an amount of Rs four crore was announced in the budget, should be started within a month.

He laid special focus on drinking water units to be installed in every ward.

“The corporation has earlier has allotted Rs 1.37 crore for the installation of drinking water units in 11 wards. A few NGOs, companies and political leaders have come forward to donate around nine units and the remaining units will be installed by the MCC in coming days.

Toilets for pourakarmikas

With the lack of toilet facilities for pourakarmikas and valvemen, the MCC has decided to construct a toilet and a dressing room in each ward. The MCC Commissioner Dr C G Betsurmeth directed the executive engineers of both civil and UGD department to take up the work under 24.1 scheme in one month’s time to facilitate them with the basic facilities.

Deputy Mayor Vanita Prasanna was present.

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