Thane shops, malls to pay garbage tax from this year
In a bid to generate additional revenue, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) plans to levy an additional tax on commercial premises. From 2016, owners of small shops as well as those who run commercial businesses in malls will have to pay a ‘garbage tax’, which could range from anywhere between Rs300 to Rs45,000 per month.
Sunil Chavan, additional commissioner, TMC, said, “The proposal was put forth for approval and sanctioned by the general body at a meeting held earlier this week. The hiked taxes will now be applicable from the New Year.”
Levying this tax is likely to generate a revenue of around Rs20 crore a year for the TMC, said a civic official.
Owners of commercial shops as well as galas are, however, have opposed the levying of such a tax. “This decision is unfair. We have a small shop and don’t create much garbage on a daily basis; yet, we pay Rs300 a month. How can the TMC charge us for a garbage tax?” said a shop owner from Thane.
Thane Jewellers Association chairman Kamlesh Shreemal has also strongly opposed the tax. “The TMC doesn’t have its own dumping ground. On what basis are they demanding a new tax?” he said.
Thane city generates 750 tonnes of garbage per day, which is being dumped at a site in Diva without being processing. The TMC doesn’t have its own dumping ground.
“We are burdened with property tax, water tax, fire brigade tax, registration charges and now, this new garbage tax. Shop owners are a soft target. We oppose this tax. If need be, we will go to court and fight against it,” added Shreemal.
However, Chavan said, “The general body has the right to implement or amend taxes. Being a Smart City, Thane needs to earn more revenue.”
According to the garbage tax proposed by TMC, the civic body may charge Rs300 for small shops every month. The tax levied on marriage and banquet halls may be Rs2,500.
The tax levied on malls may be as high as Rs45,000 each month.
While three-star hotels may have to pay Rs3,000 as garbage tax, five-star hotels may have to shell out Rs6,000 every month.