NMMC to charge util­ity firms for us­ing land

PRO­POSAL Civic body, which used to charge only for dig­ging, will charge an­nual rent for giv­ing land for pub­lic util­ity ser­vices

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CBD BELAPUR: The com­pa­nies which want to dig roads to lay un­der­ground cables and pipe­lines will now be charged an an­nual rent.

The gen­eral body of the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) passed the pro­posal on Fri­day.

The NMMC is the au­thor­ity to give per­mis­sion for dig­ging of roads for elec­tric­ity, tele­phone, nat­u­ral gas and other pub­lic util­ity ser­vices pro­vided by in­di­vid­u­als and com­pa­nies in Navi Mum­bai.

Of th­ese, for lay­ing op­ti­cal fi­bre ca­ble net­work, only those com­pa­nies which have been given Right of Way per­mis­sion (ROW) for Navi Mum­bai by the state govern­ment, are given per­mis­sion by the NMMC to dig the roads to lay the cables.

The com­pa­nies are charged on the ba­sis of the cables re­quired along the pro­posed road for lay­ing the ca­ble as spec­i­fied by the state govern­ment. The com­pa­nies have to pay 50% of the spec­i­fied charges to the state govern­ment and the rest 50% to the NMMC.

They also have to pay road re­pair and su­per­vi­sion charges to NMMC fol­low­ing which per­mis­sion is granted for dig­ging roads to lay op­tic fi­bre cables.

Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Di­nesh Waghmare said, “As of now, the ROW charges are col­lected only from tele­com com­pa­nies. The com­pa­nies that lay elec­tric cables or gas pipe­line, pay only the road-dig­ging charges, road re­pair and su­per­vi­sion charges.”

He added, “While such com­pa­nies dig the roads and lay cables and pipe­lines per­ma­nently un­der­ground and use it for com­mer­cial pur­pose per­ma­nently, NMMC does not earn any rev­enue from it.”

Waghmare said, “Tak­ing into ac­count the pub­lic in­ter­est with re­spect to elec­tric, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion, nat­u­ral gas and other such pub­lic util­i­ties, the civic body has de­cided to give its land used for pub­lic util­ity pur­pose on leave and li­cence ba­sis and charge an an­nual rent for it.”

The NMMC has also de­cided to col­lect with ret­ro­spec­tive ef­fect the rent from the com­pa­nies whose cables and pipe­lines have been laid on roads.

Waghmare said, “As per the new pol­icy, the land in NMMC area or un­der NMMC ju­ris­dic­tion will be given for pub­lic util­ity ser­vices sub­ject to cer­tain rules and reg­u­la­tions.”

As per the new pol­icy, the land in NMMC area or un­der NMMC ju­ris­dic­tion will be given for pub­lic util­ity ser­vices sub­ject to cer­tain rules and reg­u­la­tions. DI­NESH WAGHMARE, mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner

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