The help centres of BBMP, which were closed three months ago, will be re-opened to the public.
J P Park ward Councillor B R Nanjundappa said that earlier, people in his ward used to pay taxes at BBMP help centres and, after they were closed they have to go to the BBMP office in Yeshwantpur RTO building. “In July, BBMP collected `13.89 lakh, which has now reduced to `32,000 in October,” he said.
He also said when Subramanya was BBMP Commissioner, `10 lakh was spent to construct each help centre. This apart, BBMP spent another `5 lakh on computers, phone and other facilities.
Jnana Bharathi ward Councillor Govindaraju also pointed out similar problems. “After the help centres were closed, tax payers from Magadi Road have to go to Uttarahalli,” he said. Ruling party leader Ashwathnarayana Gowda urged the Commissioner to reopen one help centre in each ward.
The Commissioner said, “In some of the help centres, there were hardly three to four transactions in a day. The centres were also misused. That is why we had to close them. I am not against help centres.”
He also said that now they have made provision to pay tax in banks as well as BangaloreOne centres. But some of the councillors said that not many would pay tax at banks. Lakshminarayana, however, said wherever there is a need to reopen help centres, BBMP will reopen them.