Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Relief for industries

Ganesh Naik orders reduction in property tax
Vashi : Thane District Gurardian Minister Ganesh Naik has agreed to consider a review of the tax structure applicable to industrial units situated in TTC MIDC area. It has brought a sigh of relief to an estimated 4,354 small and large industrial units in the area.
The industries, especially those organized under the banner of the Small Scale Entrepreneurs Association, have been fighting against NMMC for remaining out of its clutches. They filed a writ in the Bombay high court which dismissed it. They went in appeal to the supreme Court which also refused to give relief to them.
That provided the necessary lever to Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation which intensified its drive to recover the arrears of tax from them. During the last month or so, it served notices on 618 of them and initiated recovery proceedings against 223 of them who failed to pay up. It sealed the factory premises of 72 other defaulter. In this manner, it has managed to rake in Rs 32 crore of the total of Rs 52 Crores owed by the industries.
It is under these trying circumstances that a delegation consisting of representatives the large units, Small Scale Industries Association called on the Guardian minister Ganesh naik seeking his intervention. After hearing their grievances, Naik ordered NMMC to consider reducing tax rates. He also ordered that the time limit of two weeks given to the industries for clearing the arrears be extended to four weeks. He also directed NMMC to draft a proposal for reducing of taxes and bring it before the General Body during its next meeting. All these decision have brought a sigh of relief among the industrialists.
The meeting was attended by Mayor Sagar Naik, Municipal Commissioner Vijay Nahata, MP Dr Sanjeev Naik, MLA Sandeep Naik and Standing Committee Chairman Anant Sutar among others.

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