Sunday, October 10, 2010

BMC loses 1 crore in dog tax

This is no stray fact: There are 19,495 unlicenced pet dogs in the city, who have collectively chewed off over Rs. 1 crore from the civic body's coffers. In a reply to an RTI query, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has revealed its latest census shows there are 27,147 pet dogs in the city, but only 7,652 of them have licences. "Section 191 (A) of the BMC Act makes it mandatory for owners of pet dogs to obtain a licence by paying a tax of Rs. 100 every year. But the BMC has so far failed to collect this revenue, incurring a loss of Rs. 1 crore in the last five years," said Vilas Durve, the RTI activist who procured the information. Last year, the civic body had issued a notice asking owners to get a licence, failing which their pets would be detained in civic dog pounds. "However, it is surprising that nearly 20,000 pet dogs still don't have one, and nothing has been done about it," said Durve.

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