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Garbage Lifting Tax: Industrial organisations warn of moving high court against users’ charges


Ujjain: As many as 15 different industrial organisations on Monday announced that they would not pay the users’ charges on door-to-door collection of garbage. Terming the imposition of this new tax unjustifiable, illegitimate and unnecessary, they said they would soon move high court if the UMC failed to revoke the charges, immediately.

Addressing a joint press conference at Press Club, representatives of various organisations expressed dissatisfaction that it was imperative on each one of them to pay the charge amounting to Rs 24, 000 per annum with effect from December 01, 2016. They said the entire concept was unsystematic and that no survey had been conducted before the decision to impose the tax was taken.

They pointed out that most of the industrial areas in the city were devoid of roads, drains and electricity and despite that they were already burdened with different central, state and local level taxes.

Prominent industrialists of the city stated that the authorities had not yet demarcated the jurisdiction of these industrial areas and that it was still unclear whether they fell under the Industrial Department or the UMC. Hence, the tax was not justified. They likened it to the import tax levied earlier, which an adverse effect on the small and micro industries. “Imposition of users charge on garbage collection will lead to ruining of the local units and will also in turn add to shrinking of the city,” they said. A serial agitation will be launched starting with the submission of a memorandum, they added.