Local bodies can charge user fee, act amended in the assembly
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 21:26
  
Gandhinagar: The Gujarat Assembly today passed amendment bill in the Municipal Corporation Act, which allows the local bodies to introduce user fee at certain public places in the state.

The Bombay Provincial Municipal Corporation Gujarat Amendment Bill 2010, was introduced by the urban development minister Nitin Patel on the last day of the assembly session today.

The amendment bill was brought in the house in order to enable the municipal corporations in the state to introduce and charge user fee at certain public places with retrospective date from January 1, 2009.

The bill was necessitated after the Ahmedabad Municipal Corpoation (AMC) introduced user fee at Kankaria lake after it was developed with public amenities.

However, the Congress party has challenged the charging of user fee in a petition which is now pending before the Gujarat High Court.

Earlier, the Municipal Act, which governs the local bodies, didn’t have provision of introduction of user fee at public places.

Leader of the opposition Shaktisinh Gohil, while speaking on the bill in the assembly today, said that the government cannot allow local bodies to charge user fee at public places as the local bodies are meant and mandated to provide public places with civic amenities to the citizens of the towns.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 21:26


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