Bengaluru: Pay 2% land transport cess with property tax | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: From April 1, Bengalureans will have to pay 2% land transport cess along with their annual property tax.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike deferred its plan of collecting cess from 2020-21 fearing citizens’ backlash. The government tried to introduce the cess in 2018 and 2019, but approved it for introduction from 2021-22, stating the money collected would be used to maintain roads. BBMP administrator Gaurav Gupta downplayed the burden on property holders and said there’s “nothing special” about it.

Transport cess not needed: Citizens
It was to be implemented earlier, it has been done now,” Gaurav Gupta said. BBMP has to deposit the collections every quarter with the Directorate of Urban Land Transport, which will use the fund to develop pedestrian ways and cycle tracks, among others.
A senior BBMP official said Rs 300 crore is collected in taxes from over 20 lakh properties. The civic administration collects four kinds of cess — beggary, health, library, and solid waste management — in the property tax. “We did not implement the new cess, keeping citizens in mind. Our pockets are now empty, and we need money,” a BBMP revenue official said.
Nikhil Prakash, a resident of Wilson Garden, said BBMP is burdening citizens with the cess. “We are paying many kinds of cess without knowing what it’s spent on. This is not necessary. Let them provide us proper roads and we will then think of paying the new cess,” Prakash said.
Vishnu Prasad, member of Save Bellandur, said when BBMP cannot provide proper roads, why does it need to collect land transport cess. “The cess should be added only when there is last-mile connectivity. Non-AC buses should be provided freely to commoners,” said Prasad.

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