Chennai corporation rolls back garbage collection user fee in light of pandemic – The New Indian Express

Chennai News

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: The city corporation has decided to roll back the user fee for garbage collection that it intended to implement from January 1 next year, on the request of representatives from residents and traders associations, according to a release on Thursday. 

Only a day earlier, the city corporation had announced that city residents would have to pay user charges to the civic body for garbage collection according to Solid Waste Management Rules, 2019. 

However on Thursday, a fresh statement said that due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic, residents and traders associations had requested the roll back of the garbage user fee.

Hence, it will not implement the user fee collection from January as planned, on the instructions of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister ‘Edappadi’ K Palaniswami, the statement said. 

The user fee was fixed based on the size and nature of buildings. For instance, residential buildings with a built up area of up to 500 square feet will have to pay Rs 10, from 501-1200 square feet were to pay Rs 25 and Rs 50 for residences with an area of 1201-2400 square feet.

Bulk generators like commercial establishments and schools would have had to pay Rs 500 a month. The charges were to be paid along with the property tax.