The Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) has decided to issue notices to owners who have left their sites vacant for the past several years.

Urban Development Minister Vinay Kumar Sorake, who con-ducted a review meeting at the MUDA auditorium recently, had directed MUDA to re-acquire the sites left vacant for many years.

Accordingly, MUDA Com-missioner Dr. C.G. Betsurmath, who convened a meeting of officials, directed the Zonal Officers to prepare a list of sites lying vacant for more than 10 years after allotment and issue them show-cause notices within a week, giving the site-owners time for a month.

He also directed the Zonal Officers to prepare lists of Civic Amenities sites and un-allotted sites in their respective zones.

The MUDA Commissioner has also emphasised on the need to revise the tax collected from vacant sites. He pointed out that the Mysore City Corporation collects about Rs. 6,000 from a 60x40 site while the MUDA collects only Rs. 250 to Rs. 400 per site.

However, some engineers opined that since MUDA had to just develop layouts, provide them with basic amenities and then hand over the layouts to the MCC, and MUDA had no responsibility towards maintenance of such layouts after handing them over to the MCC, there was no necessity to increase the taxes.

Finally, it was resolved to constitute a committee and based on its report, a proposal will be sent to the government after it gets approved by the MUDA.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore