No civic taxes for you this year
Jan 15, 2014
Source : The Times of India

 

AHMEDABAD: Amdavadis should thank the forthcoming general elections for having escaped new civic taxes. Presenting a lacklustre Rs 4,901-crore budget for 2014-15, the Ahmedabad municipal commissioner on Friday hinted at upgrading few areas from lower to a higher category in the property tax formula, leading to a possible hike in taxes in such areas if the elected wing accepts the proposal.

Barring this, there are no new taxes for Amdavadis. Municipal commissioner Guruprasad Mohapatra claimed to put in place a roadmap for a self-assessment system in property tax on the lines of Bangalore. "There is an online self assessment system in income tax and other central taxes. A similar system will be put in place for AMC. Let citizens declare their own property taxes," said Mohapatra.

 

To deal with the growing traffic menace, Mohapatra proposed a Rs 5.52 crore project for traffic density information system which would complement the Rs 17.2 crore intelligent traffic management system. This system will link 186 junctions to a computer system to control traffic lights cycle based on vehicle density.

Promises include construction of the Navrangpura multi-level parking lot this year at the cost of Rs 60 crore.

The budget provided the much needed impetus for heritage projects as AMC plans to develop Manek Chowk area on the lines of Bhadra plaza. It also plans to develop Law garden area at a cost of Rs 10.52 crore. In case of the Dandi pul development, the civic body has proposed Rs 9.91 crore for rehabilitation of slums and creating a public space there.

Mohapatra also proposed to begin work to lay 2,200 km fibre optic lines along city roads to link city police and AMC offices. "We plan to sell 75% of the bandwidth of the OFT to private IT firms and generate revenue." He also proposed to begin work on the third phase of the BRTS, which also includes the Ashram road network.

 

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