We were completely unaware of the move. Even though the government has revised the tax structure, being a local self-governing body, the onus of such crucial decision rests on the civic body, says a NCP leader
Bhayandar : Taking a strong notice of the news article (Thanks to LBT hike, fuel go up in Mira Bhayandar) published by The Free Press Journal on Tuesday, highlighting the price disparity in fuel due to the hike in the Local Body Tax (LBT) imposed by the MBMC, corporators cutting across party lines registered their protest in the General Body House against the civic administration for the unjustified move. NCP’s Dr Asif Shaikh and his Congress counterpart, Prabhat Tai Patil, were the most vociferous in their demand for an immediate rollback in the LBT hike which according to them was bound to put an adverse effect on the price structure of other commodities.
Blaming the administration for keeping them in the dark and thanking FPJ for bringing the issue to lime light , Dr Shaikh said, “It is really shocking. We were completely unaware of the move. Even though the government has revised the tax structure, being a local self-governing body, the onus of such crucial decision rests on the MBMC.”
The civic administration has assured to look into the issue and do the needful at the earliest. It should be noted that following a 2.25 percent hike in LBT, prices of petrol and diesel in the twin-city have suddenly shot up by Rs 2.23 and Rs 1.67 respectively.
Earlier the MBMC levied 1.25 percent LBT, however after a tariff revision by the government authorities, the tax has now been hiked to 3.5 percent. This has apparently resulted in a price disparity as compared to adjoining cities including Thane, Mumbai and also Vasai-Virar.
There are eight fuel stations in the Mira Bhayandar region which dispense an average of 60 to 70 thousand litres of petrol and 1 to 1.25 lakh litres of diesel per day.