The deadlock between the Chennai Corporation and representatives of commercial entities over collection of conservancy charges from commercial establishments continues. Attempts to resolve the issue at a meeting on Friday failed. The Chennai Corporation had increased the conservancy charges in August.

The Corporation has decided to constitute a committee comprising representatives of the traders and the civic body to resolve the deadlock. A number of associations of marriage halls and commercial establishments have been strongly against the move.

Commercial establishments that use 1,100 litre bins for conservancy will pay Rs.1.31 lakh to the Chennai Corporation, according to the new proposal. Similarly, the establishments that use 120 litre bins will pay Rs.14,600 for conservancy.

“The representatives of the commercial entities sought a reduction in conservancy charges. The Mayor explained the logic behind the increase,” said a senior official of Chennai Corporation. The representatives of business establishments however failed to reach a consensus on accepting the increase in conservancy charges.

The representatives of marriage halls were specifically reluctant to accept the new conservancy charges. Marriage halls with a seating capacity of 500 have to pay Rs.28,800 instead of Rs.4,000 collected earlier. The conservancy charges for halls with a seating capacity of 500 to 1000 have been increased from Rs.8,000 to Rs.57,600 per year.

The charges for marriage halls with a seating capacity of more than 1,000 have been increased from Rs.12,000 to Rs.86,400 per year.

The civic body is planning to collect conservancy charges from hostels and similar establishments too that are yet to be covered in the trade licence net.

Marriage halls will be especially affected by the rates which were instituted in August last year

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