Bhayandar : Villagers residing in the rural parts of Bhayandar (West) are up in arms against the unjustified tax imposed on them in the form of ‘sewage facility’ tax by the Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) despite the fact that the underground sewerage project is to be implemented only for urban localities.

It should be noted that the multi-crore contract awarded by MBMC under the Centre-sponsored JNNURM scheme for laying underground sewer lines is in the final phase of completion. However, due to technical reasons rural and coastal areas including Rai, Murdha, Morva, Pali, Chowk and Uttan villages have not been covered in the ambitious project .

Describing the tax as unjustified, Nationalist Congress Party’s Group Leader in MBMC, Bernard D’mello said, “I have already submitted a resolution under Rule-J of the BPMC Act to be taken up in upcoming General Body meet. The tax should either be rolled back or the deprived areas must be granted an alternate development package,” he demanded.

Designed on a completely decentralised system across 10 zones, the scope of work included underground sewerage facilities in a radius of 24 square kilometer area entailing providing, laying a network of 107 kilometers of sewer lines and commission of 10 pumping stations supported by an equal number of sewage treatment plants.

Suresh Golani

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