BMC Offers 15% Property Tax Rebate For Residential Complexes That Process Waste
Going forth, home owners in Mumbai can avail a 15 per cent concession if their housing society segregates and processes wet waste. Additionally, the housing society must also dispose of dry waste and use recycled grey water. The proposal has been given a green signal by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner, Praveen Pardeshi. For now, the rebate is extended to residential complexes only.
The years gone by
In 2017, the BMC decided not to collect wet waste from bulk generators under the provisions of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, it set an October-2 deadline. The BMC made it mandatory for housing societies and commercial establishments that generated over 100 kgs of daily waste to build facilities inside of their own premises to treat the waste. The rule also applied to establishments spread over an area exceeding 20,000 square metres. What followed was a great deal of confusion and fuss, forcing the civic body, which aimed to lessen the burden on its three waste dumping sites at Deonar, Mulund and Kanjurmarg, extended the deadline to January 2018.
While the three grounds saw the amount of dump getting reduced to 7,100 metric tomme (mt) daily from 9,600 mt after the launch of the new rule, the compliance rate has been low. Of the 3,367 bulk generators, only 1,689 are segregating and processing waste. Sometime back, 676 of these units sought extension from the BMC to set up a waste treatment facility. The remaining went silent on the issue. This prompted the BMC launch into action, especially against those who have decided to stay silent.
According to media reports, the civic body, the richest in the country, had lodged FIRs (first information report) against 18 housing societies and commercials setups over non-compliance of its order. It had also sent prosecution notices to another 1,317 bulk waste generators for the non-compliance. Members of the housing societies and commercial establishments against whom an FIR had been lodged are looking at a jail term of up to two years or a fine of Rs 50,000.
It is relevant to note here that Mumbai, according to a recent report by the World Health Organization, is the fourth most polluted city in the world, with PM10 levels in the city air hitting 104 mpcm in 2016.
About the rebate
The move is aimed to help BMC bring down its daily collection to 6,000 tonnes from existing 6,800 tonnes which will help lighten up the three landfills in the city. Therefore, housing societies will get a five per cent rebate if they are segregating and composting wet waste, another five per cent if they are recycling dry waste through a recycler and five per cent yet again, if they are using rainwater or recycled water.