Tax rebate for housing societies that segregate waste in a systematic manner

Fri, 2019-08-16 11:00 -- SCC India Staff

Tax rebate

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) chief has cleared a proposal that will benefit all housing societies, but awaits standing committee approval. If you segregate garbage and dispose of your own wet and dry waste, you can get a property tax waiver of up to 7 per cent. BMC has cleared a proposal to give property tax rebates to all residential housing societies that segregate wet and dry waste. Further rebates will be given if the societies dispose of their own dry waste to a local recycler and make compost out of the wet waste.

I have cleared the proposal, and it will now be sent to the standing committee for approval. Once it is cleared by the standing committee, the tax rebate will come into force,” Municipal Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi said. The rebate will, however, be applicable only to residential housing societies.

The move comes after the BMC had earlier this month decided to impose an additional charge on residents as ‘user fee’ for the collection, transportation and disposal of garbage generated in households. The civic administration had planned to table a proposal before civic group leaders to levy the user fee on residential and commercial establishments across the city every month in accordance with the national Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.

For instance, a household generating less than 100 kg of waste per month would need to pay approximately Rs 60 while a shop would have to pay Rs 90 for the same quantity of garbage.

According to BMC officials, the average waste generated per person per day is 450-650 gram.

The BMC had also imposed heavy fines of Rs 15,000 on bulk generators that didn’t segregate garbage. The bulk generators include housing societies as well as commercial establishments that produce over 100 kg of waste daily or have an area above 20,000 square metres. The bulk generators are already required to segregate waste and install waste processing units in their compounds.

According to the rebate proposal, the BMC will give housing societies 1 per cent rebate for segregation of waste. Three per cent for disposing of their dry waste to a local recycler and an additional 3 per cent if they make compost from the west waste. “If any housing society becomes zero garbage, which means that if they are not giving any garbage to the BMC then they can get 7 per cent rebate in property tax. This will work as an incentive for residents to segregate waste and also reduce the amount of waste the BMC is dumping at landfill sites,” said a senior civic official.