Trade licence renewal a reality now

MCC warns unlicensed traders of strict action including disconnection of power supply

Krishnamurthypuram: Hoteliers in the city had something to cheer about as their demand for streamlining the trade licence renewal process became a reality with the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) organising a day-long ‘Trade Licence Mass Renewal Mela’ at the Hotel Owners’ Association premises here on Wednesday.

The venue was crowded with hoteliers from across the city making their way to their respective zone officials to get their trade licences done. The city has more than 800 hotels in 54 areas which are divided into eight zones and the MCC issues or renews licence zone-wise.

Earlier in December 2015, the members of association had complained to Mayor B L Bhyrappa about the harassment meted out to them during the trade licence renewal process by MCC officials. The members had also claimed that there was disparity at zone levels on licence rates and they were made to run from pillar to post to get the licence done.

“This is a good move from the MCC,” Sanjay Kumar, owner of a hotel in the city told referring to the mass trade licence programme. “I got my licence renewed in hours. Earlier, trade licence renewal was a Herculean task and was a five-day long process. There was disparity is pricing of the licence as well,” he added.

Speaking after inaugurating the mela, Mayor Bhyrappa said that the MCC was committed to easing the licence issue and renewal process. There were complaints that the procedure was time-consuming and this programme would address the issue at large.

The Mayor also stressed on the cleanliness aspect and urged the hoteliers to contribute their bit in maintain the city clean.

MCC Commissioner Dr C G Betsurmath made it clear on the occasion that trades of any kind and volume need licence. “Henceforth, traders have to get licence from the MCC to run any business irrespective of their size. It was observed that a few traders are trading goods without licence which is illegal,” he said.

Dr Betsurmath further warned the traders without licence of strict action against them including the disconnection of electricity. MCC health and revenue officials were present at the programme to ensure the smooth flow of the process.

MCC eying to make Mysuru plastic free

As the Karnataka government is firm on a complete ban on the usage of plastic irrespective of its thickness, the MCC officials are in process of making an announcement of the same in a day or two. The corporation has already identified more than 1,000 people and had distributed sewing machines to them to stitch cloth carry bags.

“With the usage of plastic carry bags increasing with every day, we want to make Mysuru a plastic-free city, considering the hazards it can have on the people. The MCC has distributed sewing machines to more than 1,000 people and had also given them the cloth free of cost to stitch carry bags. They can stitch and sell them and continue the business with the profit they get from it,” Dr Betsurmath said.

The civic body is preparing posters to create awareness about the ill effects of plastic bags and to encourage people to avoid using it. “The posters will be pasted in hotels, public spaces and offices,” he added.

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