BBMP could soon make you pay for bad roads

BBMP Commissioner Manjunath Prasad confirmed that a decision on imposition of the cess is scheduled to be taken during BBMP’s council meeting scheduled on Tuesday.

Published: 28th August 2018 04:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th August 2018 04:28 AM   |  A+A-

A huge rainwater-filled pothole at Shivajinagar in Bengaluru on Monday | Pandarinath B

Express News Service

BENGALURU: While Bengaluru’s citizens already suffer due to bad roads in the city, they might even have to pay extra because of these very roads. Interestingly, the decision will be taken by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike — the agency responsible for the maintenance of city’s roads.

BBMP might impose an additional transport cess, amounting to 2 per cent of the property tax payable. The purpose of the cess is to cover up losses incurred by Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) — pegged at around Rs 30 crore — with bad roads being one of the reasons for their losses.

BBMP Commissioner Manjunath Prasad confirmed that a decision on imposition of the cess is scheduled to be taken during BBMP’s council meeting scheduled on Tuesday. A BBMP notice states that if implemented, the cess will be collected from the ongoing financial year itself (2018-19), and even those who have already paid property tax will need to pay the cess.

In July, Transport Minister D C Thammanna had raised concerns over high losses incurred by BMTC, and in addition to announcing higher fares had requested the BBMP to begin collection of transport cess.
Speaking to Express on Monday, Thammanna said, “We have made a suggestion to BBMP to levy transport cess to reduce losses incurred by BMTC. Every month, BMTC incurs Rs 30 crore in losses due to traffic jams and bad roads. Normally, a bus that has to operate 200km per day covers only 110km.”
The minister added that imposition of the cess was only a suggestion.

“The decision, and the quantity of such a cess, if so imposed, is also up to them,” he said.Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara said the state government had asked the BBMP to weigh the pros and cons of the move. He clarified that BBMP had been given a free hand and the state government will not interfere in the decision.

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  • Malli

    My car suspension damaged due to bad roads, do I get refund for the same from BBMP
    1 year ago reply
  • Vinay Kumar Havanur

    Why pay to BMTC alone.. even private vehicles are damaged due to bad roads.. Why don't they pay to the private vehicle owners too.. Will they distribute money to tax payers if the BMTC makes profit?
    1 year ago reply
  • JustAnotherBlrean@blr.com

    First they allow apartments to grow in the city without proper road infrastructure and now this. Why can't they just forefeit BBMP official salaries for causing this situation instead?
    1 year ago reply
  • Amar Reddy

    Shameless leadership. For all the third class road making work, these thugs want us pay cess over this.. Ask DYCM and the BBMP commissioner to pay from his pocket... We will revolt
    1 year ago reply
  • An Indian

    Thanks for voting to congress/ jds.. we people deserve. Just imagine something happening in bjp ruling states, the media would have been barking about this day in day out, now all the liberals and most people sections of community are happy..
    1 year ago reply
  • DILEEP

    In this scenario will BBMP pay us compensation for wear and tear of the vehicle due to bad roads?
    1 year ago reply
  • DILEEP

    BBMP simply means Bengaluru's brainless members palike
    1 year ago reply
  • Ravi Menon

    Fine the contractors for bad work and make up for the losses. BBMP should do its job, not extort money from the public.
    1 year ago reply
  • Sandeep

    Firstly you cant make good roads using our tax money, then you make citizen suffer by not maontaing them. There is collusion between bureaucrats snd contractors. Then you want to fine us for your mismanagement and misdeeds?
    1 year ago reply
  • partha

    This is a feeder organization to the Congress and JDS in power . They squander funds they have ,divert it election campaigns. Road were supposed to be Given to Tendesure but still allotted to under qualified officer's relatives. The BBMP engineers are such genius designers that the citizens have to bear the consequences of flooded underpasses and bad road design. It is unfortunate and funny that they are still employed as engineers .
    1 year ago reply
  • AG

    In Bangalore, BBMP is patching same road 2 times in a year. Each patching last for 2 months on max. If they make good quality road then BBMP can save huge money.
    1 year ago reply
  • Gopal

    After paying the cess, how long it will take to patch all roads. once the patches open up, which they will, what is the next name of the tax which will be collected to patch again, and again and again.... You wont see good road, only wait for the next patch and wait for it to open up.
    1 year ago reply
  • Sunil

    None of the BBMP Commissioners have behaved like BBMP commissioners but acted like a glorified stenos to Politicians and to some of their business friends. BBMP is a useless defunct cess pool of in efficient and corrupt people. Their main job is to torment people of Bangalore. Govt. has to supercede BBMP and jail the corrupt Councillors and corrupt officials.
    1 year ago reply
  • Satya

    Hey BBMP, first identify the proper reason for bad roads. Tomorrow you will show 100crores loss. What is the end? Show us the data. Be transparent. Then you will realize the amount of money u pay for the so called repairs. Make contractor liable for maintenance. If needed negotiate with them at start of work. At least get proper audit done and show us how you are making loses.
    1 year ago reply
  • FIRST CROSS

    Simple now we will stop paying property tax only , enjoy bbmp put case on us to recover property tax later
    1 year ago reply
  • HA

    First dig up the roads, then forget about patching them, wait for rains to destroy them further, dig up again, wait for a few motorists to die, and then pass the expense to the honest tax paying public.
    1 year ago reply
  • shekar

    Arent we already paying taxes...Where is that money going?
    1 year ago reply
  • Sunny S

    The roads which is termed as Bad Roads is due to BBMP's poor planning of Road infra. The roads are built in such a way that rain water do not drain away. There is no proper drainage system on most of the road sides. Why should public pay for BBMP's mistake and irresponsibility ? Any 10th class student will give you 5 reasons why the road is getting destroyed with just 2-3 days of rain..
    1 year ago reply
  • simha

    How much more these bureaucrats, netas want to eat into the tax payers money.
    1 year ago reply
  • simha

    And what about the Private vehicles... who is gonna pay for their vehicles n damages...?
    1 year ago reply
  • sharath kumar

    transport cess - wow, BBMP is one useless authority doing nothing about the roads, and now putting the a transport cess, so loot more money...people have died due to bad roads, and dumping on the road sides, and many have faced lot of issues, and also vehicles being damaged due to bad roads and accidents, and now to top all this, a transport cess to loot money from people. These people will do nothing but cause more and more trouble. The so called great IT capital has nothing but more problems without any kind of solutions for the people who are facing problems. First you give us all good roads and amenities with using technology to build everything, with using your useless brain, so to do justice for yourself and to the city.
    1 year ago reply
  • Gopal

    Katnataka is no1 in Corruption ranking in India. Kumaraswamy increased VAT on petrol and diesel to waive farmers's loan. Now BBMP , a rotten and corrupt organisation, proposed additional burden of 2% on public which speaks about complete loot in this state. The public is direct victim of corrupt and worst governance. The public will deal firmly with corrupt politicians by ousting them from power in coming elections.
    1 year ago reply
  • bbmpcursor

    Already BBMP is the most corrupt organisation. Now they will again LOOT bangalore citizens for their MISDEEDS & MISAPPROPRIATION of TAX MONEY which Bangaloreans Pay
    1 year ago reply
  • chandra Merla

    Instead of cess on citizens why don't BBMP put fines on Road Contractor because of no warranty or bad quality..
    1 year ago reply
  • Roshan

    Are there no auditors to question these BBMP folks on what they did with the money allocated? We are living in a "Sab chalta hai world" .. if we don't start questioning these bafoons, they will eat is alive soon..
    1 year ago reply
  • JK

    First BBMP should make their accounting standards as per international standards. Then make it transparent. Only then we should be asked to pay for roads etc.
    1 year ago reply
  • Avinash

    People would be happy to pay the Transport Cess only if BBMP could provide better roads allover the city.
    1 year ago reply
    • Janardhan

      Why pay extra tax in the name of card. Bump is not providing what supposed to for exhausting tax, why burden only tx payers for someone's fault. Think of Rectifying fault rather thinking addional collection!!!
      1 year ago reply
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