The revised agenda will be sent to the government for approval

Mayor Shanker Bhat making a point at MCC meeting in Mangalore on Tuesday. Deputy Mayor Rajani Dugganna looks on. DH  PHOTOWhen the agenda on revised SAS was presented by chief whip Ganesh Hosabettu in the meeting, opposition members led by Harinath, Ashraf and Lancelot Pinto entered into the well of the house protesting against the new system. Ashraf said that the SAS should be scrapped and citizens should be allowed to continue paying tax as per old scheme.

Opposition leader Harinath alleged that the council was implementing the SAS taxation without taking opposition into confidence. He said that opposition will not allow council to implement SAS in the corporation. Later, Congress members walked out of the council meeting hall shouting slogans against SAS implementation.

However, the agenda was approved by the council and sent to the government for final approval.

Revised SAS

As per the revised SAS tariff, a residential complex owner who is paying Rs 1,882 under the current system, will need to pay only Rs 1,569. A small house owner who is paying Rs 75 as per current scheme, will have to pay only Rs 37. Similarly, commercial building owner who paid Rs 1,54,991 under the current system will have to pay only around Rs 1 lakh as per the revised tariff.

Residential buildings upto 500 square feet plinth area will have to pay 0.3 per cent tax while complexes of 4,000 square feet and above will be charged 0.8 per cent tax under the revised SAS tariff. Residential buildings between 500 to 1,000 square feet plinth area should pay tax at 0.4 per cent, while the tariff for buildings between 1,000 and 2,000 will be 0.5 per cent.

Rs 1.5 lakh for Vikas Sankalpa

The council has taken a decision to handover Rs 1.5 lakh contribution towards the expenses of Vikasa Sankalpa Utsava celebration, which was organised in Mangalore on June 12. The decision was taken in the wake of request made by Deputy Commissioner V Ponnuraj in this regard.

Shifting of pipelines

The meet resolved to release Rs 41.32 lakh to shift 770 water supply connections from the existing pipeline to the new pipeline laid by the Kudcemp. Kudcemp had already laid 790 kilometers of pipelines of 110 mm to 500 mm in the city corporation limits.

Market complex

Opposition leader Harinath pointed out that the proposal of constructing a market complex at Bejai has been stalled. He also brought to council’s notice that several other proposals of developing market complexes in the city were not taken up by the corporation.

Mayor Shanker Bhat said that a meeting will be convened to finalise the proposals of developing market complexes. He further informed that corporation could not proceed with most of the proposals due to lack of bidders. Though tender was invited to construct a shopping cum parking complex at the Old Bus Stand premises in Hampankatta, there was only one bidder. Hence, the proposal could not be executed, he added.

To a question on control of Malaria, Health Inspector Manjaiah Shetty informed that a total of 90 persons will be deployed to carry out door-to-door spraying work. Talking about dog menace in the city, Shetty said that the sterilisation programme is being conducted. So far sterilisation was done to a total of 1,422 dogs in the city, he added. Deputy Mayor Rajani Dugganna and Commissioner B G Ramesh were present.

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