NMC standing panel pulls up officials over non-implementation of decisions

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Sep 2018 10:42:45


Staff Reporter,

Standing Committee of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), in its meeting held on Friday, pulled up officials of departments concerned over non-implementation of decisions taken in committee meetings. It asked the officials to place on record a report regarding decisions taken by the committee but not implemented so far, in the next meeting.

“We have directed the civic administration to issue show cause notices to officials and employees for dereliction of duty,” Virendra Kukreja, Chairman of Standing Committee, told reporters on Friday evening. He said that the displeasure had to be expressed because he himself came to know of three resolutions relating to developmental works that were approved by Standing Committee but not yet implemented by the officials concerned.

As per the data, during the financial year 2018-19, total 199 resolutions were cleared by Standing Committee. Of these, 50 were not implemented and all these were relating to developmental works, he added. “Still”, he said, “We have sought exact details along with analysis as to why the decisions taken by Standing Committee were not implemented.”

Another matter that came up before the committee in its meeting held on Friday was lack of properly compiled information regarding department-wise contracts of estimated amount up to Rs 25 lakh. “Finance Department is expected to furnish information in this regard to Standing Committee on a regular basis. However, as the information was \not available, we have directed the administration to place on record department-wise information regarding contracts given so far,” Kukreja said.

During the meeting, Standing Committee took stock of property tax recovery. According to Kukreja, if the officials/employees concerned do not post 40 per cent recovery of the target of Rs 509 crore set for the current financial year by October 1, NMC will issue show cause notices to them. The recovery of property tax so far is Rs 61.17 crore. The latest survey has revealed 7 lakh property units in the city. So far, 4.20 lakh tax demands have been generated and 2.81 lakh of these demands have been distributed to property owners concerned, he said. By September 30, he stressed, around 5 lakh tax demands will be distributed. Kukreja asked Municipal Commissioner to submit report regarding Tax and Tax Assessment Department’s complaint that it had less manpower and this was affecting tax recovery. The information will be furnished in the next meeting of Standing Committee.

As far as recovery by Market Department was concerned, Kukreja said that market charges needed to be increased. “There are total 64 markets in city, and NMC has 5,500 properties there. Still, the tax demand as per increased charges is of Rs 25.50 crore only. We increased market charges to ensure that NMC’s financial health is good,” he told reporters. Also, he asked Municipal Commissioner to prepare a policy for weekly markets to increase NMC’s revenue. As against Local Body Tax recovery target Rs 75 crore, NMC has recovered Rs 22.61 crore so far.

Town Planning Deptt rejects 159 plans

Of a total 275 plans it received, Town Planning Department has rejected 159 and sanctioned 97. Others are in process. Regarding the cases of compounding of constructions, Virendra Kukreja has called a meeting on September 6. “There are several issues involved. To discuss them in detail, we have called the meeting,” Kukreja told reporters. Besides, he said, action will be taken against persons who had started construction without paying requisite charges despite issuance of demands.

For, he added, such constructions will be treated as unauthorised ones and liable for action as per the rules. As against the demand of Rs 30.18 crore generated by Town Planning Department, recovery of Rs 12.92 crore has been posted, he added.

‘Action against encroachments  on conservancy lanes’

Regarding recovery by Estate Department, the Standing Committee chief informed the reporters that NMC had policy on conservancy lanes ready. With focus on streamlining tax recovery work of various departments, he directed the Estate Department to prepare a list of persons who had encroached upon conservancy lanes and initiate appropriate action against them for recovery of charges as per the rules. He also sought progress report regarding computerisation of data on NMC properties. As far as lease properties are concerned, recovery is only Rs 2.30 crore as against target of Rs 17 crore.