People need not pay users’ fee to door-to-door collectors

After dilly-dallying over collection of solid waste management cess on property tax for two years, Mangalore City Corporation has now taken firm steps to introduce it from 2014-15.

The administrator of the corporation, A.B. Ibrahim, has approved the imposition of the cess with revised slabs from the next financial year, said sources in the civic body. An attempt was made to introduce it two years ago but was withdrawn quickly.

The sources told The Hindu that Mr. Ibrahim, also the Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada, approved the cess slabs on March 4. Once the corporation issues a notification to this effect, people need not pay the monthly users’ fee to door-to-door solid waste collectors. Instead, the corporation will pay the contractors from the solid waste cess collected from property tax payers.

Section 103 (B) (2) of The Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, 1976, empowers the corporation to collect the solid waste management cess with property tax.

The corporation’s attempt to introduce the cess in 2011-12 was a non-starter with councillors objecting to it stating that the door-to-door collection of garbage (solid waste) had not picked up in the city and there was no point in collecting the cess. It was withdrawn.

The sources said that once the civic body collected the cess, the contractors would have no scope to complain that the door-to-door collection was affected because of non-payment by public. It would force them to collect the garbage from all waste generators. The door-to-door collection of waste was aimed at making the city bin free.

Recently, Minister in-charge of Dakshina Kannada B. Ramanath Rai had left it to the administrator or to the council to take a decision on the issue. The civic body is expecting Rs. 15 crore in the form of cess a year. Now the contractors were collecting from Rs. 30 to Rs. 60 per month from households for collecting solid waste.

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