The entire Standing Committee meet deliberations held under the Chairmanship of Sandeep Naik was handled with maturity and dynamic approach and a youthful zest. * Chairman Sandeep Naik mooted raising cess revenue from the proposed Rs. 225 Cr. to Rs. 300 Cr & he suggested outsourcing cess recovery to rake in Rs.350 Crs in cess revenue. * Sandeep Naik also refuted the administration claim that the mushrooming IT structure in the city could not be taxed & stated that some sectors of IT buildings & enterprises enjoyed tax relief while others could be taxed. * Sandeep Naik, after hearing suggestions from members also called upon the administration to open account heads for revenue through joint development of land adjoining Morbhe dam, amusement park, sale of excess Morbe dam water & treated sewerage water, carbon credit and advance tax. * He suggested expediting transfer of exhibition grounds in the city from CIDCO & commercial exploitation of ponds for boating to rake in revenue for NMMC. He suggested a hotel like Abhiruchi in Thane in the center of a pond. He mooted increase revenue in road digging charges, license fees & encroachment department revenue. * Sandeep Naik firmly asserted that if apathy persists in municipal machinery then the corporation should consider outstanding to enhance revenue. He called for a study of comparable rates of other corporations & review licence fees in NMMC. NMMC Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik’s remarks and observations during the deliberations on the revenue aspect of the budget were to the point and focused. The chairman’s message to the administration was crystal clear – the standing committee members will not tolerate any apathy or laxity in terms of revenue collection. The civic revenue could touch a record Rs.1500 crores if Sandeep Naik’s instructions based on standing committee recommendations are incorporated in the NMMC budget proposals for 2008-09. From NMMC, Zeba Warsia for NMTV News.
September 3, 2008