Mayor convenes meet on the ‘proposals’
Move to increase property and water taxes, deposit for tap connection
Party to launch agitation
VISAKHAPATNAM: The CPI(M) city unit has opposed the reported move of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation to increase property and water taxes and deposit amount for tap connection.
CPI(M) city secretary K. Lokanadham and the party’s floor leader in the corporation B. Eswaramma at a press conference here on Thursday described the decision as unilateral and said a decision should be taken in the council.
The proposal was put before a meeting of floor leaders convened by the Mayor.
The proposals include the September 19, 2007 notification of revised zone rates for residential and non-residential buildings.
Mr. Lokanadham said it would result in the tax going up from 150 per cent to 200 per cent. Besides, the deposits for tap connection is proposed to be increased up to Rs.5,000 depending upon the category.
The monthly water tax is set for a hike ranging from Rs.40 to Rs.80 for individual connections and up to Rs.11 a kl for apartments.
Mr. Lokanadham said the corporation was burdening people bowing down to the World Bank conditionalities. He also faulted the corporation for going back on its assurance that the areas merged in GVMC would be spared fresh taxes until amenities were improved. It also proposed to hand over collection of fee for hoardings and trade licence to private agencies, he alleged.
The CPI(M) would launch an agitation to press for the withdrawal of the proposed hike, he said.
Mr. Eswaramma deplored the move to hike various taxes and also collect vacant land tax (VLT) without taking the council into confidence.