Buoyed by the High Court ruling that NMMC has jurisdiction over TTC industrial area, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) is all geared up to recover the dues from the industrialists in this belt and has set a deadline of 15-days to clear all the pending taxes. In a major setback to industries in the Thane-Belapur belt and a boost to the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, the Bombay High Court has ruled that the industries are liable to pay taxes to the civic body. The Small Scale Entrepreneurs Association had approached the court, claiming that NMMC had no jurisdiction over them. The association asked for exemption from paying cess and property tax. NMMC Commissioner Vijay Nahata spoke on the case that was presented by them in court. The SSEA that has a membership of more than 1,600 small and medium scale industries also organised several agitations including hunger strikes. However, now NMMC will collect nearly Rs 300 crores as cess from these industries which would be further used for infrastructural developments. On the other hand, the President of Small Scale Entrepreneurs Association K S Churi has expressed shock in the High Court’s judgment. The NMMC conducted raids, seized bank accounts and filed around 500 criminal cases against the industrialists to recover the dues. SSEA had filed a writ petition in the HC that it lost. It then approached the Supreme Court, which sent the matter to the high court. The HC again ruled in favour of NMMC. Following the ruling, Kiran Churi has said that they are awaiting the judgment copy, they will study on what basis the court has given its judgement and then take a decision on our future course of action. With cameraperson Satish Garud, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.
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