Purchase of the MUDA site, construction of houses: former soldiers will obtain a 50% tax reduction

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Mysore/Mysore: The periodic meeting of the Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) which has not taken place in the past nine months due to various reasons including the Board elections held at the MUDA office yesterday and over 400 topics were discussed.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of MUDA Chairman H.V. Rajeev and issues such as land use, alternative sites, individual site sanction and plan sanction for private developments were approved without even a discussion. The principal of the decisions taken was to offer a 50% tax reduction to ex-servicemen on the purchase of the site and the construction of houses. The approval came after MLC CN Manjegowda insisted that MUDA should provide at least this facility to those serving the nation. Notably, Manjegowda himself is a former military man.

The approval was given after MUDA Commissioner GT Dinesh Kumar confirmed that there is a provision in the Municipal Law of Karnataka to provide 50% tax relief to ex-servicemen’s properties.

Unique layouts that have been developed in 20 gunta land will be approved by the commissioner instead of the developers waiting for a MUDA meeting to approve them. The Commissioner has been given authority to approve these developments.

Although MUDA had identified three places to build group houses, one place had to be abandoned because a Raja Kaluve was crossing the land and building houses there would lead to blockages, leading to flooding. The MUDA meeting approved the construction of group houses in the remaining two areas.

The meeting also approved the release of Rs. 12 crore to the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) for the maintenance of streetlights on the Ring Road. The road, at present, is completely dark and dangerous to travel past 6pm. The fund grant was negotiated a few months ago and MUDA agreed to disburse the money to MCC.

Following complaints that many site owners do not clean up their vacant sites obtained from MUDA, the meeting decided to clean up these sites twice a year after collecting a fee from the landowners.

The meeting also approved the sanction of Rs. 150 crores to the Bidaragoodu Kabini Stage Two drinking water project.

MPs GT Devegowda, SA Ramdas, L. Nagendra and B. Harshavardhan, MLCs Marithibbegowda, KT Srikantegowda, CN Manjegowda and Dr. D. Thimmaiah who are also members of MUDA, Appointed Member of MUDA and Corporal SBM Manju, Superintendent Engineer Shankar and other officials were present at the meeting.

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