Garbage cess to be levied from April 1

The BBMP will levy the proposed Garbage Cess or Solid Waste Management (SWM) Cess from April 1.

The annual cess, reimposed after six years, will be levied on property tax. It has to be paid within the first 50 days of the financial year.

The cess will be levied on residential and non-residential units based on the dimensions of the land on which they stand.

Palike Commissioner Siddaiah told the media that the BBMP spent Rs 200 crore a year to keep the City clean.

The expenditure was increasing with the growth of the  City and the consequent increase in the garbage generated.

Mandatory

Proposed for increasing the revenue of the cash-starved Palike, the cess will be collected from the next financial year, and is mandated by the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

"While the cess will be collected along with the property tax for residential units, commercial units will have to pay it while renewing the trade licence every year," said Siddaiah. Citing the Karnataka Municipal Corporation (KMC) Act of 1976, Siddaiah said  its Section 103 (B) laid down that SWM cess levied by corporations cannot exceed Rs 1,000 a month,” he said. “If the property owner fails to pay the cess, BBMP revenue authorities will issue a notice, and subsequently levy penalty,” said Siddaiah.

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