Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government, has decided to levy street-lights tax on the residents of its 13 districts of the state. The decision has been cleared by the Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu today. The decision has been taken to fund the losses incurred to the electricity board over lighting the street lights.
As per the reports, the clause “Street-light tax”, will soon become a part of the property tax to be paid by the residents. Each house will be levied a 50-100 rupees of the Street-light tax based on the total of the owner’s property tax.
Officials say that the decision has been taken, keeping in view of the massive power losses that the power utilities having been incurring. 313.12 million units of power was supplied by the power utilities to light-up the street lights in the fiscal 2014-15. The estimated cost for the power supply was Rs.170.81 crores, out of which only a meager Rs.5.46 crores was paid by the local bodies. To balance the massive financial losses, the AP government has given its nod to impose street-light tax over the residents of the Andhra Pradesh streets.
Sources said that the government has been forced to take this decision, keeping in view the financial crisis in the state. The new tax will be levied, along with the property tax from this July. An official notification in this regard will be passed with in two days. The present order will include the rural areas under it, as the urban areas are already paying the tax through various ways. A Municipality officer said, ” In urban areas, citizens pay a wide range of taxes such as advertisement tax, entertainment tax and shop license fee etc., we pay for the power utility bills through the revenue generated from these taxes”, The Times of India reports.
‘The power utility bills in the rural areas have accumulated over Rs.800 crores and hence it was decided to levy the street-light tax”, a source from the rural area committee said.