Pay more for watch­ing film, eat­ing out

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

Get ready to pay more if you own ho­tels, restau­rants, sweet marts, sa­lons, spas, beauty par­lours and other such es­tab­lish­ments.

You will also have to more at the movies. The Navi Mumbai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has in­creased the li­cence fee for the es­tab­lish­ments and show tax for movie­go­ers by a whop­ping 500%.

The com­mis­sioner has re­buffed the stand­ing com­mit­tee cor­po­ra­tors who asked for a re­duced hike cit­ing busi­ness losses stat­ing that ease of gov­ern­ment and not li­cence fee mat­ter in busi­ness.

The NMMC has hiked the li­cence fee un­der Ma­ha­rash­tra Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion Act sec­tion 376.

Shiv Sena cor­po­ra­tor MK Mad­hvi said, “We un­der­stand that the civic body needs to aug­ment its cof­fers. How­ever, the hike, five times the orig­i­nal fee is very steep. We re­quest the com­mis­sioner to re­duce it.”

House leader Jay­want Su­tar said, “The ad­min­is­tra­tion should look to in­clude as many pro­fes­sions as it can to tax. How­ever, the in­crease should be limited as it would ad­versely af­fect the busi­nesses in the city.”

Cor­po­ra­tor Shub­hangi Patil asked for spe­cial con­ces­sions for beauty par­lours as women were in­volved in run­ning them.

Stat­ing that the in­crease has been well thought out, mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe said, “We have con­sid­ered all as­pects and the hike has been pro­posed af­ter proper ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion and tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the pre­vail­ing rates in the neigh­bour­ing mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions.”

He added, “Fact is that it should all be a part of prop­erty tax but that is not the case in Navi Mumbai and hence we have to have sep­a­rate head for it.”

Mundhe said: “Giv­ing dis­counts will not help. It is ease of busi­ness that mat­ters. No busi­ness will shut down due to hike in the fee. De­bat­ing whether the hike should be 2% or 10% does not make sense. Of­ten the cost of col­lec­tion is higher than the tax col­lected.”

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