Karnataka Deputy CM Excludes Property Tax Increase in Bengaluru

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Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shivakumar, responsible for Bengaluru city affairs, announced on Monday that there will be no immediate increase in property tax rates in the city. However, a new team will be established to enhance tax collection efforts, with a particular focus on identifying and addressing tax evasion.

Shivakumar also revealed plans for a comprehensive property survey to accurately assess individual property ownership, enabling the city to collect taxes based on the actual properties owned. These initiatives are expected to significantly boost the city’s tax revenue, potentially tripling the current collections.

Addressing a press conference in Bengaluru, the Deputy Chief Minister emphasized the importance of monitoring tax evasion. He highlighted cases where property owners understated their construction areas, despite power and water bills indicating otherwise.

In terms of water supply to Bengaluru, Shivakumar noted the increasing demand for water. He mentioned that the completion of the Cauvery 5th stage project will provide the city with 750 million liters of water daily in the near future. Additionally, he outlined plans to upgrade 20 Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) to treat effluent water and supply it to the Anekal and Attibelle regions.

Regarding road-widening efforts in the city, Shivakumar acknowledged the complexities associated with land compensation and technical challenges. He suggested that constructing more flyovers, Metro rails, and tunnels would be the primary solutions to alleviate traffic congestion in Bengaluru.

The Deputy Chief Minister announced the launch of a help desk and a website called “Sahaya Hasta” (Helping Hand) to receive resident complaints. These complaints will be monitored by staff at his District Incharge Office and his Deputy Chief Minister’s office.

karnataka deputy cm excludes property tax increase in bengaluru
Karnataka Deputy CM Excludes Property Tax Increase in Bengaluru

Regarding the maintenance of parks and grounds in Bengaluru, Shivakumar proposed the formation of a non-political committee, supervised by a local officer, to oversee park upkeep, cleanliness, development, and prevention of encroachments. He pledged to collaborate with the respective MLAs to create a comprehensive action plan for this issue.

Lastly, Shivakumar affirmed his commitment to ensuring the smooth flow of stormwater, especially in the Information Technology corridors of the city. He has granted officials at the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) the authority to remove any obstructions that could hinder the efficient drainage of stormwater and potentially lead to issues faced in past seasons.

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