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Citizens raise voice against property tax hassles, hike

April 17, 2016, Bengaluru, DHNS 1:35 IST
Union Minister H N Ananthkumar speaks at the 'Citizens for Change' programme organised by Deccan Herald and Prajavani at the Chamundeshwari kabaddi playground, Jayanagar 4th 'T' Block on Saturday. Corporators Malathi Somashekhar, Deepika L Manjunatha Reddy, Lakshmi Nataraj, N Nagaratna Ramamurthy, Jayanagar MLA B N Vijayakumar and officials are also seen. DH Photo
Difficulties in paying property tax dominated the Citizens for Change organised by Deccan Herald and Prajavani at Jayanagar at Chamundeshwari Playground on Saturday.

Public outburst against the hike in property tax and software glitches faced while paying the tax prompted Jayanagar BJP MLA B N Vijay Kumar to announce a 'Property Tax Mela'.

“The BBMP says it will fix the problem in a week. Developing a new software will take at least one year. This is not a solution,” Vijay Kumar said.

“We want the problem to be fixed now and tax collection to happen soon. For your convenience, we will organise a Property Tax Mela. Our corporators will also arrange online tax collection counters at their ward offices where officers will guide residents,” Vijay Kumar said.

“There is absolute lack of clarity in the property tax portal. BBMP should provide us assistance,” said Banavara Nagaraj of JP Nagar during the interactive session.

Soon, other citizens joined him demanding clarity on this issue. When M Ramaswamy of Shakambarinagar said the tax calculator was faulty, BBMP revenue officer Babu refuted this charge and said the new software was a modified version of the old one.

“The new web-based application is no match to the old. You have complicated the format badly. If I try paying the tax, the message at the end says, 'Oops... there's an error'. You (BBMP) made it as tough as Dravida Pranayama,” said Dr P R Shashirekha of Jayanagar.

Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Ananth Kumar, corporators Nagarathna, M Nagaraju, Govinda Naidu, Mohammad Rizwan Nawab, Lakshmi Nataraj, Deepa Manjunath Reddy, Malathi Somashekhar, BBMP Joint Commissioner for South Zone Hemachandra besides government officials from various departments attended the event.

Poor maintenance of parks and playgrounds, lack of streetlights, more facilities at the primary health centres, lack of public toilets, garbage and early start of Metro rail in Jayanagar were the other issues raised.

While Banavara Nagaraj sought dialysis facilities at primary health centres, M L Shankar wanted a solution to problems faced by pedestrians, especially the aged, women and children, in crossing the 16th, 18th and 26th Main Roads of Jayanagar T Block. In response, traffic police inspector Uma Mahesh assured him he’ll find a way out and suggested a zebra crossing.

Gilbert of Gurappanapalya demanded posting policemen at the Gurappanapalya police outpost. Corporator Mohammad Rizwan Nawab said lack of manpower had rendered the outpost defunct. The station house officer of Jayanagar police station assured the crowd that soon the outpost would be revived.

A majority of citizens vented their anger against roadside vegetable vendors in Jayanagar for hindering smooth flow traffic. Vegetable vendors stood up and complained about the alleged harassment by police and citizens. They said police seized their carts.

Before a war of words broke out between the vendors and the citizens, MLA Vijay Kumar said vendors should do their business at designated places and should not park their carts in front of the houses.

Peoplespeak


More than 50 fruit vendors ply their wares on the footpath in Jayanagar 9th Block and other places in the area, blocking pedestrian movement. The BBMP should provide them alternative places to do business.
Prathibha, Jayanagar

Water has been leaking near Sangam Circle, Arvind Circle and JSS Circle in Jayanagar for the past 10 days. Despite complaints, the BWSSB has not plugged the leaks yet, water scarcity notwithstanding.
T S Krishna Murthy, Shakambari Nagar

There is a huge pile of garbage right opposite Swagath Garuda Mall, 22nd Main, Jayanagar T Block, which not only emanates foul smell but also causes traffic jams. The place is used to dump and pick up waste at regular intervals. This should be stopped as there are many residential buildings there.
Shobha Reddy, homemaker

The MLA and corporators should take the initiative to provide saplings to improve greenery in the city. The high temperature has set alarm bells ringing, but no one seems to be doing anything about it. What’s the point in development without conserving Nature?
Ashok Kumar

Submit action taken report: Ananth Kumar

Union Minister Ananth Kumar, who was present throughout the programme, suggested that the officials and councillors submit an action taken report to all those who highlighted the issues plaguing them.

“I appreciate Deccan Herald and Prajavani for creating such a platform. This should happen at the ward level at least once in six months,” he said.
The minister also agreed to sanction Rs 30 lakh from his area development fund for installing three traffic signals in Jayanagar.






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