Mumbai Residents to get 15% tax rebate for proper waste disposal

The BMC commissioner has passed a proposal for 15% property tax rebate given that housing societies segregate and process wet waste in the locality, dispose dry waste and along with that use harvested rainwater.

Though the tax rebate has been the demand of the activists so as to reduce the waste accumulation, it has finally been approved by BMC to encourage the residents to handle their own waste. The proposal will soon be presented before the BMC standing committee for approval of 5% rebate for segregating and composting wet waste; 5% for recycling dry waste through dry recyclers and 5% for using rainwater or recycled grey water. The rebate is only for residential areas yet and not for commercial complexes. Only those meeting all criterias would get a 15% tax rebate.

Praveen Pardeshi, commissioner thought of this as an idea to decentralize waste management and to make people responsible as well to reduce the waste generation in the localities. Societies can compost wet waste on their premises and even get value for that by selling it to gardens. The initiative of processing wet waste and dry waste would reduce the garbage collection of BMC to zero. The BMC officials would inspect the infrastructure of the society before offering the incentive.Chairman of V Citizens Action Network (VCAN), Indrani Malkani said that the residents could easily segregate dry and wet waste but to recycle grey water,more space and technology would be required that would need more space.

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