Shops without licence to face BBMP music

Defaulters will have to pay heavy fine

Cracking the whip against the illegally run shops without seeking licence, the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) ordered recently that it would conduct a survey across Bangalore to identify shops which are run illegally and would serve notices on them.

After receiving the notices the shop owners will have to get the licences within three months. If they fail to do so, they will have to shell out 25 times more than the licence fee.
“We are incurring a loss of Rs 250 crore due to illegally-run shops. If implemented it would generate an additional source for us,” said a source in the BBMP.

Presently 39,000 shopkeepers have the licence whereas the City has at least six lakh shops. The City that is swelling with each passing day has many residential buildings, which have shops.

How to get licences

According to the rule, the shopkeeper must get permission from the health officer of the ward concerned. The applicant must also have a no objection certificate from the neighbours. Then the health officer would visit the spot and give licence only for a year after the applicant pays him the fee.

However, many shopkeepers are unaware of the procedure and start their business. But now  flouting of norms would be taken seriously. The BBMP has decided to ensure that all the shopkeepers have the licence with them.

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