SMC impact fee drive gets cold response

The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has got lukewarm response in implementing the impact fee rule to regularise the illegal constructions in the city.

Written by Express News Service | Surat | Published:May 28, 2013 5:43 am

The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has got lukewarm response in implementing the impact fee rule to regularise the illegal constructions in the city. Out of approximately 2 lakh illegal structures,only 5,200 applications have been accepted so far. Local BJP leaders had started an awareness drive through social networking site to increase applications.

The new impact fee law was amended last year with a reduced fee structure to attract people to pay for keeping the illegal structures. Sources said that Surat had approximately over 2 lakh illegal constructions spread in different areas,including the newly-added areas in the city. The deadline for impact fee collection was February 19,but with lukewarm response,the deadline has been extended till August.

The BJP party workers and corporators are also working hard to create awareness among the people in different areas in Surat to regularise their illegal structures which will also generate revenue for the corporation. Hoardings and banners were put up at different places and even pamphlets had been distributed to the people.

SMC Town Development Officer Manish Doctor said,“We have received 2,5073 applications till now for impact fee registrations. Out of this,232 applications were rejected due to various reasons while 5,761 applications had been accepted and the SMC had earned Rs 14.65 crore from it. The response from the people has been slow.”

Refused sex,Valsad man kills daughter

The Valsad district police on Monday arrested a man for allegedly murdering his 19-year-old deaf and dumb daughter after she refused his sexual advances. The accused slit the girl’s throat,hid her body in bushes and lodged a missing complaint. The man’s wife and the mother of the deceased revealed the accused had illicit relation with his daughter against her wish.

The accused has been identified as Chandu Patel,a resident of Lilapore village in Valsad district. Patel is a plumber by profession. On Thursday,Patel had lodged a missing complaint of his daughter with Valsad rural police. However,on Friday,police recovered the dead body of the girl from the bushes near her house. Police recorded statements of Patel,his wife Nayana and his son Dashrath and found their statements quite contradictory to each other.

During her interrogation by Assistant Superintendent of Police Sarojini Kumari,Nayana revealed about Chandu’s alleged relation with the girl. One month ago,Nayana had caught him in a compromising position with the girl. Chandu had allegedly threatened to kill Nayana if she disclosed the incident to anybody. During his interrogation,Chandu broke down and confessed to have killed his daughter after she refused his sexual advances.

Sarojini Kumari said,“We have arrested the accused who confessed that he had killed his daughter when she did not surrender. We have sent Chandu for medical examinations.”

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