Udupi CMC plans to impose tax for waste management

Udupi CMC plans to impose tax for waste management

The City Municipal Council (CMC) is embarking upon a novel venture to impose tax for the waste management for this year (2016-17).

The waste collected would be disposed of methodically using the tax imposed on garbage which is collected in the houses, CMC Commissioner Manjunathayya told Deccan Herald.

He said about 60 tonnes of garbage is accumulated everyday in the city and the CMC has to spend Rs 4.5 crore annually for door-to-door collection, transport and disposal of waste. He said the idea of imposing tax on waste came emerged through deliberations. It is estimated to be around 60 paise for every square metre of the land. 

This would fetch nearly Rs 1 crore to the CMC annually, which in turn would be helpful for effective garbage collection process. The tax per month would not exceed Rs 15 for each house or the construction, he added.

The CMC has taken a decision to impose tax as there are no other ways to utilise the garbage collected for recycling purpose and reuse it for profit. Currently, the garbage collected is disposed of without any benefit to the CMC, Manjunathayya added. He said there are differences of opinion for the proposal within the ruling party and the opposition. However, the proposal is expected to be passed soon, he stated. 

The segregation of waste is not being done at door step and it is posing a lot of problems for the disposal of waste. 

The expected collection of waste to produce power from waste is nearly 200 tonnes. This is not possible. The wet waste can be used as manure or organic fertilisers, if the waste is segregated at the source, he said. 

However, the BJP members in the CMC said the proposal should be cancelled as it would be a burden for the public. 

Opposition leader M R Pai said the disposal of garbage collected at the time of festivals and different celebrations need extra investment. 

A sum of Rs 2,500 is required to transport one tonne of waste to the solid waste management unit at Karwalu in Alevoor. Initially, the plan was to collect wet waste every day and dry waste once in a week. A similar pattern of garbage collection is followed, he said. The CMC commissioner said good service would be provided to citizens if adequate funds are available. The timings for the collection of waste in every ward is clearly scheduled. 

The public can evade from the responsibility of giving away the waste, but the administration has to manage the cleanliness and hygiene by ensuring cent percent collection and disposal of waste, he added. 

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