With as the deadline for introduction of the Local Body Tax (LBT) approaching,more and more dissenting voices are being raised from traders bodies against the proposed same. While the petrol dealers association has threatened to call a total Pune bandh on April 1,in case petrol and diesel are included in LBT,realtors have said that LBT would make homes more costly.
Ali Daruwalla,spokesperson,Petrol Dealers Association (PDA),Pune,has declared that it would be supporting the bandh called by the Federation of Merchants against the imposition of LBT. He also said all petrol pumps in the city would remain closed on April 1,if the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) decided to bring petrol and diesel under the LBT gambit.
Meanwhile,members of Credai Pune Metro said that LBT would result in an increase of property prices by Rs 50-60 per square foot. Senior Credai members met Chief Municipal Tax Assessor Vilas Kanade and apprised him about their apprehensions about the implementation of LBT.
In Pimpri Chinchwad,the bandh called by the Federation of Association of Pimpri Chinchwad (FAPC) on Thursday received overwhelming support with all shops and commercial bodies remaining closed in the twin township. Shiv Sena MP Gajanan Banar,who is also the president of FAPC,said the traders were opposing the tax given the drought and sluggish economy the country is going through.
The traders and shopkeepers also boycotted the lecture organised by the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation about LBT on Thursday. Many of them left the hall raising anti-LBT slogans.