Nashik: Professionals working from home to pay regular residential property tax – ET RealEstate

NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to levy regular property tax rates on the residences of professionals — including lawyers, chartered accountants (CA) and doctors — who have been using their homes as offices. Currently, the civic levies three-times more than the normal residential tax rate for the portion of a home that a property owner uses to practise his or her profession.

Pradeep Chaudhari, the deputy municipal commissioner (taxation), said 100 such practitioners had approached the NMC seeking levy of regular property tax rates on their residences. “There is also the Supreme Court judgement of 1984 on the levy of regular property tax for professionals like CAs, lawyers and doctors, who are working from their residences,” he said.

Some professionals had also moved the district court, where the judgement was given in their favour. Therefore, the NMC administration has decided to levy regular property charges as per the residential property tax rates.

The civic body has prepared the proposal and it will be tabled at the NMC general body (GB) meeting on Tuesday for approval.

“The civic body should have respected the court judgement and should have applied regular property tax instead of the non-residential property tax rate. There are many professionals, apart from CAs, lawyers and doctors, who are working from their homes now,” said Ravi Rathi, the former chairman and senior member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), Nashik.

“Since the Covid outbreak, many are working from home. It is not a commercial but a human resource activity. This is a welcome move that the civic body has finally proposed the decision of levying a regular property tax,” said Rathi.

The NMC does not have data on the number of professionals working from home in the city.

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Nashik civic body plans on composting for big housing societies – ET RealEstate

NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), in order to bring the city among top-five clean cities in the country, has decided to focus on home composting in big residential housing societies.

The civic body is planning to rope in non-government organisations (NGOs) for helping the housing societies in carrying out this activity.This will also help the NMC to reduce the burden in collection of garbage.

“The ranking of Nashik city among clean cities in the country under the Swachh Survekshan has improved a lot — from 67 in 2019 to 11 this year — among cities in the country with a population of over 10 lakh,” a senior official from NMC said.

The NMC has already geared up for the Swachh Survekshan 2021 and has already assigned tasks related to the exercise.

For the next cleanliness survey, major thrust has been given on treatment of solid waste and it is essential to have management and treatment of the solid waste at source.

Last year too, the NMC had implemented a home composting project in the city and composting of around one quintal of waste was carried out at some residential societies in the city. Currently, the NMC has appointed private contractors for collecting garbage across the city through collection vans.

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Structural audit must for buildings older than 30 years in Nashik – ET RealEstate

NASHIK: The civic administration has made structural audit mandatory for buildings over 30 years old and warned that those who fail to do the needful will be slapped a fine of Rs 25,000.

The decision to this effect was taken following incidents of old wadas collapsing across the city in the last one year. Last year, over a dozen old wadas had collapsed during monsoon.

The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) had warned the occupants to vacate wadas but their appeal fell on deaf ears. This year too, an old wada collapsed last month in which one youth was killed and two others were injured.

The civic body has appointed three agencies in the city to conduct structural audits. The owners of the buildings will have to get the structural audit done from the agency appointed by the NMC.

The structural engineers of the agencies certified by the municipal corporation will inspect the buildings and will give certificates about the status of the building on whether it is fit for occupation or not.

Moreover, the agency will also suggest the works that need to be carried to repair the old structures. Once the necessary works are carried out, the agency will submit a certificate stating that the structure is in a good condition to the divisional office of the municipal corporation. The owners of the old buildings will have to pay the service charges of Rs 23 per sq metre or at least Rs 5,000 each.

The structure of the old buildings which are unsafe or dangerous will have to be removed by the owners on their own.

The NMC has already identified 1,032 old and unsafe buildings in the city and served notices to the owners.

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