Hike was inevitable: MCC Commissioner
The Mysore City Corporation (MCC) has increased the solid waste cess with immediate effect. The decision was approved by the MCC Council on Thursday.
The revised rate for residential buildings of less than 1,000 sq. ft area is Rs. 17.50 a month, an increase of Rs. 7.50.
The cess has been doubled for buildings of larger area and commercial properties.
The solid waste cess is collected annually along with the property tax.
There was opposition from a section of the councillors when the issue came up for discussion at the MCC Council meeting. The members were sceptical about the hike as they thought it would be a burden on taxpayers.
K.S. Raykar, Commissioner, MCC, intervened and pointed out that solid waste management was a critical function and service provided by the MCC and was instrumental in keeping the city clean. In view of the growing burden on the MCC in managing the waste, the hike was inevitable, he said.
Mr. Raykar said that the MCC incurred an expenditure of Rs. 27.80 crore on solid waste management and was burdened with clearing nearly 400 tonnes of waste daily. However, the members were not convinced and instead suggested that the cess be doubled for commercial establishments.
The Council also took up the issue of waiving interest on water tax if the citizens cleared their dues by April 15.
A few members from the Janata Dal (Secular) alleged that though there was time till April 15 to pay the tax and avail the loan waiver, there were instances of disconnection of services by the JUSCO staff.
The Council also witnessed a protest by some councillors who held placards seeking improvements to the crematorium at Bannimantap. This triggered a discussion and the Council agreed to provide amenities at the crematorium.