'Trade licence will be made mandatory'

 BBMP Commissioner Siddaiah on Friday said that obtaining licences will be made mandatory for all traders in the City.

Although there are five to six lakh traders in BBMP limits, only 55,000 trade licences have been issued and Rs 18 crore fee has been collected till date. In order to facilitate revenue generation, the licence procedure will be simplified and obtaining licence will be made mandatory for all traders, Siddaiah told reporters during surprise inspections he conducted in Rajajinagar, Mahalakshmi Layout and Malleshwaram wards.

Siddaiah said that six lakh power connections have been given to commercial establishments in the City through Bescom. “Based on this data, traders will be identified and notices will be issued to them for obtaining licences.”

He said that stringent action will be taken against shop vendors who dirty the footpaths by dumping construction debris and other litter. During the inspection, the commissioner noticed construction material such as mud, stones and other waste dumped on the Post Office road and near Rajajinagar commercial complex.

He questioned the assistant executive engineer (AEE) of Rajajinagar sub-division why they had not got the muck removed. He slapped a fine of Rs 25,000 on the owner of Raghavendra Wines at 17th Main for littering the roads with empty liquor bottles and other waste.

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