Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan promised a BJP delegation Monday local body tax (LBT) will not be enforced in the city from October 1.
The delegation of BJP MLCs and MLAs from Mumbai,led by leader of opposition in the legilative council Vinod Tawde,met Chavan to express concern over LBT replacing octroi. The Chief Minister told the team his government would not push LBT if there was no consensus among parties.
The government wanted a debate on LBT Bill before enforcing the tax in Mumbai. However,the draft is still not ready.
Ruling Congress and NCP members in Mumbai are also opposed to LBT.
The tax,however,has been enforced in 19 other municipal corporations,including Nagpur,Pune,Pimpri-Chinchwad,Kolhapur and Aurangabad.
In April-May,trader organisations across the state protested. While the traders are not against the tax,they do not want municipal corporations to collect it. They want the responsibility to be given to the income tax department.
Octroi,which generates Rs 6,800 crore for BMC,will continue in Mumbai till a decision on LBT is arrived at. BMC,which is controlled by Shiv Sena,had initially agreed to LBT but changed its position following protests by trader organisations.