KMC records surge in revenue

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 8:

The land revenue collected by the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) is almost double in comparison to last year’s figure.

“We achieved this success after a campaign, which included the distribution of brocheures and decentralisation of the revenue offices at ward offices, was launched,” said Noor Nidhi Neupane, a revenue officer of the Revenue Department.

He said the department has already collected Rs 97,142,924 this year in comparison to last years’ Rs 59,183,903. Similarly, the department has also seen a significant rise in business tax this year. While the total collection had reached Rs 13,236,981 last year, Rs 16,329,645 has already been collected this year.

The KMC officials have been saying to the people that a part of the revenue would be used for the development of their localities. “The priority would go to the wards from which more revenue is collected,” Neupane said.

Similarly, the department has also worked to stop leakages for which the signature of an officer has been made mandatory. Besides, the KMC has also begun collecting rent tax from this year.

Neupane added the KMC has already collected Rs 8 million from sponsors of hoarding boards. It had collected Rs 5 million from the sponsors of hoarding boards last year.

Head of the Revenue Department, Shankar Kandel, said the KMC is doing its best to bring all the people of the metropolitan city within the tax net.