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Posted at: Jan 14, 2018, 12:17 AM; last updated: Jan 14, 2018, 12:17 AM (IST)

Poor recovery of dues makes things tough for civic body

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, January 13

The poor recovering of outstanding money by the Municipal Corporation (MC), Bathinda, has made things tough for its functioning. The MC is yet to recover Rs 160 crore from various quarters.

The MC requires around Rs 10 crore every month for salaries and official work. The MC has to recover Rs 60 crore from various quarters, which include Rs 4.11 lakh of cow cess interest, PMIDC two instalments of Rs 2.99 crore, house tax pending recovery Rs 6.12 crore, pending shop rent Rs 25.32 lakh, Rs 18.66 lakh of OBC rent, bank rooftop poll antenna charge Rs 3.6 lakh, Rs 5.68 crore of government fund blockage, Rs 1 lakh of mobile tower charge, Rs 12.27 crore of water and sewerage bill charge, Rs 6.50 crore of penalty on water and sewerage bills, Rs 23.22 crore of temporary advance fund taken by employees and Rs 43 lakh of regular lamp charge of electricity poll and others.

The major recovery, which has been hanging fire for the past many years, is that the MC has to take Rs 99.68 crore from the Bathinda Improvement Trust as the selling price of blue fox complex, which was sold to the trust long ago.

If the MC pays emphasis on the recovery, then it can get around Rs 160 crore with which it can carry out development works in the city and also pay back the loan of Rs 105 crore, which it has taken from HUDCO for the sewerage and water project.

To recover this money, the MC is making planning for the last two decades, but no initiative has been taken at the ground level by the MC.

While almost every month, various proposals for development works have been passed in the F&CC and general house meetings, no one has every raised the issue regarding how to increase the income of the civic body and to recover the pending money.

The latest CAG report has also raised an objection over the non-recovery of money from various quarters. Mayor Balwant Rai Nath said, “We are trying and planning to increase the income of the MC. Many plans are in the pipeline and we will initiate work on them in the coming days.”

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