Trash tax

Published: Sunday 30 June 2002

Paying for polluting (Credit: Kazimuddin Ahmed / CSE)In order to deal with the growing waste, the Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad (mch) has passed a resolution to impose a garbage tax on 2,000 waste-generating city institutions. These include cinema halls, commercial complexes, healthcare centres and hotels. " mch carried out a survey to identify bulk producers and decided to impose monthly user-charge on them," said D Jagannath Rao, additional municipal commissioner (health and sanitation), mch. The civic body has developed a strategy to collect and transport waste from bulk generators, who will pay a user-charge. In case these institutions do not follow the resolution, the municipality plans to cancel their trade licence.

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