Nagpur: Legislators of both Congress and BJP have demanded that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray completely waive property tax for all houses in the city up to 500 square feet.
On Saturday, Chief Minister Uddhav announced a complete exemption of property tax for houses up to 500 square feet in BMC areas. The urban development of the state has said that the decision will be implemented from the date of April 1. With this decision, residential properties worth about 16.14 lakh are likely to get relief of about Rs 462 crore.
Welcoming this decision, the city president of Congress party Vikas Thakre, who is also the MLA of West Nagpur, It has said that it should be implemented in other capital of the state also. Lower middle-class people and slum dwellers have houses of up to 500 square feet. Sometimes they are absolutely unable to pay the tax. With the same expectation that Guardian Minister Nitin Raut will take up the issue to ensure its implementation in Vidarbha and three other municipal corporations of the city as well.
State government should reimburse
According to BJP city president and MLC Pravin Datke, Vikas held a meeting of the state’s urban development department after Leader of the Opposition Devendra Fadnavis raised the issue in the winter session. He has said that these benefits should have been extended to all in the state. At the same time, it should not remain a mere announcement of profiteering for the upcoming municipal elections as well. It should be implemented very soon.
Pravin has also said that the state government should reimburse the tax by waiving it to the municipal corporations.
BJP MLA from Nagpur East, Krishna Khopde has wanted to know whether Uddhav is the CM of the entire state or only from Mumbai. This was announced by Shiv Sena in its manifesto for the 2017 municipal elections. While in power in this state, it has taken five years for Shiv Sena to implement it. The decision should not be limited to Mumbai only and its benefits should be available to all in the state.
After getting in touch with Nitin, he has been assured to comment on the matter but has not responded to messages and calls at all.