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THAT’S EASY: Mayor R. Venkatachalam tries using the new cash and cheque deposit machine at the North Zone office of the Coimbatore Corporation on Friday. —
THAT’S EASY: Mayor R. Venkatachalam tries using the new cash and cheque deposit machine at the North Zone office of the Coimbatore Corporation on Friday. —

Special Correspondent

One for South Zone commissioned at main office

COIMBATORE: The Coimbatore Corporation has installed cash and cheque deposit machines at two of its offices to enable people to pay Property Tax and drinking water consumption charges without waiting at the counters.

Even credit cards can be used to make the payments, the Corporation said in a press release.

Mayor R. Venkatachalam and Corporation Commissioner P. Muthuveeran commissioned a machine at the North Zone office of the Corporation (at Dr. Balasundaram Road-Bharathiar Road junction) on Friday.

The one for the South Zone of the civic body was commissioned at the main office of the Corporation at Town Hall.

People can know of the tax amount they have to pay from the machine and make the payment. They can also get a receipt immediately, just like the account balance receipt they get from an automated teller machine.

This system, announced in the 2007-08 budget of the civic body, is aimed a further simplifying tax payment and raise compliance levels.

The Corporation has already de-centralised payment of Property Tax and drinking water charges by opening computerised facilitation centres across the city.

It has also tied up with nationalised and private banks for special counters in their branches. Nearly 20 branches of the banks accept tax payment.

Mr. Muthuveeran told presspersons the other three zones of the Corporation would get similar machines in a few days. He said that nearly 15 machines, each costing Rs.2.5 lakh, would be installed at points that public could have easy access to. These included bus stands. By the end of March, all these would have been installed, he said.

The Commissioner said out of the more than 550 unapproved layouts, most of them had been regularised under the scheme introduced by the State Government. Asked if he could specify the number, Mr. Muthuveeran said that 99 per cent of the layouts had been covered till the December 31 deadline for regularisation.

The Mayor said that only very few layouts appeared to have missed the opportunity. The more than 100 layout that were caught in the Urban Land Ceiling Act problem could not be regularised. Something would be worked out for them later as the Government was examining their case. A separate wing to implement the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission infrastructure schemes was being formed. A Superintending Engineer would head the wing. An official of that rank in the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board would take charge soon.

Two Executive Engineers, four Assistant Executive Engineers, eight Assistant Engineers and 16 Technical Assistants would form the cream of the staff. A building for 120 staff members of the wing would be built at the Corporation’s main office at Rs.1 crore. Specialists such as environmental experts for solid waste management programme would also be appointed, the Commissioner said. So far, 52 posts had been sanctioned by the State Government. The rest were expected to be cleared by April.

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