Maharashtra: Post GST Development charge may rise


By Accommodation Times Bureau

Since most taxes levied by the state will get subsumed under GST post-July 1, Maharashtra government is looking at generating Rs 5,00010,000 crore through non-tax revenues in order to finance its mega farm loan waiver. This could mean a hike in charges under various heads ranging from traffic fines to construction fees.

“There are 150 items through which non-tax revenue could be generated including parking spots and gymkhana leases,“ said finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar. “We are looking at increasing penalties and fines for traffic offences, base price for auctioning of parking spaces, hike in court fees and in development charge for construction,“ he said.

Officials said government is already working to streamline the traffic violations and penalties system and now with issuing of challans being brought on an online platform it will be easier. “We are proposing to increase fines and also there will be escalations if a person are caught repeatedly ,“ said an official. In Mumbai alone last year, the traffic department had collected nearly Rs 24 crore in fines.

The state may also look at raising development charges for construction activity . Mumbai alone yields Rs 1,000 crore every year as developmental charges.

Mungantiwar said he also plans to meet Central ministers to seek RBI’s intervention in directing banks to accept deferred payments for the loan waiver. “I will be meeting Nitin Gadkari and Arun Jaitley ,“ he said.

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