BMC to open green channel for octroi
Joint municipal commissioner (improvement), V Radha, told FE that the civic body was streamlining its octroi department. The first step towards this is online payment of octroi for big corporates by setting up multiple windows and introducing a token system at five check-posts in Greater Mumbai.
‘‘We plan to introduce a ‘Green Channel’ for major corporate houses and industries wherein they can make the payment online and ensure that their goods-laden trucks enter the city without any hassles. The trucks would be cleared through specially-constructed lanes (channels) at check-posts in a stipulated time, not exceeding 15-20 minutes, she said.
Radha said a system would be introduced wherein wholesalers and godown-owners would need to ensure whether octroi has been paid for the goods procured. ‘‘In order to bring about transparency within the department, it is necessary to cut down on people-to-people interface,’’ she added.
By bringing about reforms, BMC expects revenue targets for octroi to go up by 30%. ‘‘Our octroi collections have recorded an increase by 16% over the collections