Tgana assembly passes new municipalities bill

first_imgHyderabad: The Telangana Assembly Friday passed a municipal bill which proposes citizen-friendly initiatives such as self-assessment of property tax and tough measures including disqualification of elected members for failure to ensure survival of 85 per cent of plants under the green drive.The Telangana Municipalities Bill, 2019 also provides for demolition of unauthorised constructions without notice and building permission through online facility for buildings coming up on an area of upto 500 sq metres with a height of the ceiling at 10 metres. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”If an unauthorised construction is started, no notice will be given, it will be demolished. It will be an immediate demolition in case of unauthorised construction,” Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who moved the bill, said. The bill also provides for self-certification for paying property tax. It proposes a penalty of upto 25 times if a landlord is found to have furnished wrong information. The veracity of the claims would be checked by flying squads, under the supervision of district collectors. Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s ShamliAlso, Rao announced that the urban poor can construct a house (ground plus one floor) on a small plot without having to apply for permission from the municipality. They would have to pay a house tax of only Rs 100 per annum. Such beneficiaries, however, must register with the municipality at a nominal charge of Re 1 in order to get civic facilities, he said. Saying that ‘oxygen clubs’ are coming up in the city, Rao stressed the need to promote greenery. According to the bill, one of the responsibilities of the municipal chairperson is to constitute a green cell and earmark 10 per cent of funds in the budget and take up plantation as decided by the district-level committee headed by the district Collector. The chairperson needs to take up plantation in his/her ward and ensure survival of 85 per cent of such plantations, the bill says. The municipal ward member or designated special officer can be removed from their posts if they fail to ensure survival of 85 per cent of plantations. Explaining that complacency and carelessness have grown among employees as they worked at the same place for years together, Rao said a provision has been made for employees to be transferred anywhere. This move is aimed at eliminating corruption and reducing inconvenience to people, he said. He said new door numbers would be given to each and every house which would have a QR code. This would be useful for, among others, in prevention of crimes, he said. Those contesting in local body elections must read the new legislation, he said.last_img read more