Bhubaneswar civic body tightens noose around trade licence fee defaulters

Bhubaneswar: With an aim to identify traders who do business within the area of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) without paying the required trade licence fee, the civic body signed an agreement today with a private agency for a survey of the defaulters.

BMC Deputy Commissioner Srimanta Mishra signed the agreement with Sparrow Software Pvt Ltd’s Subrat Kumar Dey. Sparrow Software Pvt Ltd will conduct the survey to find out traders in BMC limit who are running business without obtaining trade license. The survey will take about a month’s time to identify the defaulters.

The agency will collect ward-wise information with location details and related information for an easy identification. Based on the report of the agency, BMC will take further actions to regularize the process for ensuring traders pay the required trade licence fee.

An official said at present more than 50,000 business units are functioning within the BMC limits. However, approximately 13,000 business units of them have obtained trade license which is far lower than actual number of business units operating within the jurisdiction of BMC. This is causing loss in revenue on the part of public exchequer, the official added.

Worth mentioning, the trade license can be obtained online. The BMC under the provision of Section 554 and Section 617 of Orissa Municipal Corporation Act 2003 issues licenses and permission to carry out business within its jurisdiction. The said license and permission is issued after payment of due License Fee as per Dangerous and Offensive Trade Regulation 2006 of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation.

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