Mangaluru, Mar 11, 2015: Providing information ti the local media on March 10, Mayor Mahabala Marla said the process of installing digital water meters for water supply to industy will be taken up shortly to prevent tampering of meters and to increase the revenue of MCC. He stated MCC has purchased digital water meters to be installed in six mega industries including UB Group and Ruchi Soya in Bykampady.
The amount of water consumed by the industries will be monitored online in the MCC office. The meters are ready for installation and in a few days they will be operational. Evaluating the pros and cons of the digital meters, the council of the MCC will decide on the installation of similar meters in large apartments and commercial complexes.
The Mangalore City Corporation has near 82,000 water connections and the target is to collect tax of at least Rs 36 crore. The MCC has collected Rs 21.54 crore so far in 2014-15.
On property tax, Marla said the target was to collect property tax of Rs 52 crore. By the end of February, a sum of Rs 30.01 crore has been collected so far.
The MCC has taken up an initiative to allow the citizens to pay the tax online by collecting details on the tax payer and tax amount paid so far. The online process of properties coming under Nirmal Nagar is in final stages. A pilot project will be taken up in six wards to make an integrated study on property tax and trade licenses.
Computerisation : Mayor Marla, set to lay down office shartly, had proposed to computerise all sections of MCC. He had planned to complete the computerisation process during his tenure in order to provide time-bound service to the citizens. In this regard he said that Keonics (Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd) had been entrusted with the task. The officials from Keonics had visited the MCC and conducted a preliminary study.
The Mayor said that toilets will be constructed at five bus shelters including Nanthoor, Mallikatte and Lalbagh. Five advertising agencies have come forward to lead the task. The ad agencies have been given the responsibility, work will commence shortly. Apart from these, e-toilets will be constructed at seven locations in the city. The target for 2014-15 was to collect revenue of Rs 2.15 crore from advertisements.
The MCC has already collected Rs two crore. A draft advertiseing policy is being prepared to increase the revenue generated from advertisements. The draft will be finalised shortly. The new model of bus shelter and advertisements on dividers will be installed. A proposal has been prepared to construct a hi-tech bus shelters with commercial complexes, he added. The Mangalore City Corporation’s proposal of having a dedicated software to assist in malaria management is in the final stage.
The night shelter at Bunder is ready for inauguration. The blue print for the construction of a private bus shelter at Pumpwell is ready. A DPR will be prepared to seek financial assistance from the State government, he added.
The mayor beamed that he has gained a high degree of satisfaction of performing his responsibilities well in the last one-year tenure. I have laid the structures to build on all my promises. Development works can be continued by the next mayor very effectively.