Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 1:
The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to collect user fees from its citizens from today for effective solid waste management under its jurisdiction in the Odisha capital.
At the councillors’ meeting held yesterday here, the civic body decided to collect user fees from individual households, slums, malls, shops, hotels, restaurants and eateries for hygiene and cleanliness and effective disposal of solid waste.
With this, BMC aims to collect a revenue of nearly Rs 10 crore annually.
The user fees would range between Rs 10 a day to Rs 1000 per month.
“The household under the BMC limits would have to pay user fees from December 1 for solid waste disposal,” BMC Mayor Anant Narayan Jena said.
For residents willing to pay annual fees, the civic body has decided to waive three month’s fees.
The Corporation would open ward offices at all the 67 wards in the city under its jurisdiction for better management. The Mayor would write to General Administration department to provide land for this purpose, sources said.
Besides, the corporators have been asked to suggest suitable location in their respective areas for opening up of the offices. The corporators would assist the ward officers in collection of the fees, sources added.
As per the BMC’s plan, people residing in slum areas have to pay Rs 50 per household per month. Similarly, the fee for one BHK (FR govt quarters, EWS and LIG houses upto 80 sq mt), two BHK (F Type 2R, Type IV, Type V and MIG houses from 80-120 sq mt) and three BHK (Type VI, Type VII, Type VIII, 4R/5R/6R/7R/8R govt quarters and HIG houses above 120 sq mt) is Rs 50, Rs 100 and Rs 200 per month respectively. A fine of Rs 200 would be imposed for littering garbage in public places.
Similarly, the monthly user fees for shops and shops in malls upto 200 sq ft, 201-500 sq ft and 501 and 1000 sq ft is Rs 100, Rs 200 and Rs 5 per sq ft respectively. The user fee for shops in haats: Rs 100 for shops upto 200 sq ft, Rs 200 for 201-500 sq ft, Rs 500 for 500 sq ft and above. For godowns: Rs 100 for 1000 sq ft, Rs 200 for 1000-2000 sq ft, Rs 1000 for above 5000 sq aft space. For hotels, restaurants and mandaps: Rs 10 per sq ft for hotel and restaurants, Rs 5 per sq ft for hotel and lodging and Rs 8 per sq ft for kalyan mandaps, bar, restaurant and conference hall.
Likewise, the urban body would collect user fees of Rs 500 from eateries below 1000 sq ft and Rs 5 per sq mt for hotels above 1000 sq ft along national highways. Besides, it would collect Rs 10 per day as user fees from shops in vending zones and along the roads.
The dwellers who have availed houses under Rajiv Awas Yozna (RAY) would also have to pay user fees of Rs 50 per month. A sensitisation and awareness campaign would be launched soon. The defaulters would be excluded from the beneficiary list.
This decision has irked the Basti Basinta Mahasangha, a slum dwellers body.
“I am unable to understand how a person would pay user fees when he has not yet availed the scheme under RAY,” a member said.
Notably, BMC had formulated the plan to impose user fee on September 11, 2014 and submitted it to the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUDD) under the Municipal Act.