The Municipal Corporation (MC) is contemplating imposing a 1 per cent cess on the construction of residential buildings in villages under its purview. The issue will come up for discussion at a meeting of the civic bodys General House on Monday.
There are nine villages under the purview of the Municipal Corporation. It is proposed that a labour welfare cess should be levied on the villagers for construction activity that they undertake. The decision would have an impact on thousands of villagers.
The civic body approves the building plans of any construction that is to be undertaken in the villages. The Labour Department had written to the Municipal Corporation that information should be conveyed to them when the building plan is passed so that the Department can levy a cess.
While the proposal will be discussed at the House meeting,it is likely to witness opposition from councillors,who are against any additional tax on the residents. An official of the Municipal Corporation said that while the Labour Department has mooted the proposal,such a move may lead to villagers not getting their building plans passed. At present,the villagers voluntarily get their plans passed.
The official said that in case of the proposed cess being imposed,they may decide not to get approval for building plans. Construction activity in the villages is at present quite haphazard. With 100 per cent coverage allowed,the buildings constructed do not have much facilities for ventilation. Parking spaces too are missing.
Another topic that would be on the Monday meetings agenda is re-imposition of service tax on the sainik rest house in Sector 21. In 2010 the councillors had decided to exempt the rest house from tax after a proposal was mooted by Brig K S Chandpuri (Retd),who was then a nominated councillor.
Two years down the line,however,the civic body has proposed to reimpose the tax and also collect arrears.