Smart City: Revenue generation a challenge for JMC
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Smart City: Revenue generation a challenge for JMC

While on one hand there are talks of developing Jammu as Smart City, but on the other hand, the revenue generation of Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) is so much poor that it is not in a position to meet even its own expenses including the salaries.

While on one hand there are talks of developing Jammu as Smart City, but on the other hand, the revenue generation of Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) is so much poor that it is not in a position to meet even its own expenses including the salaries. 

"Forget about carrying out development works, the revenue generation is so low that it is hard for the corporation to meet even its own expenses", a senior official of the JMC informed Greater Kashmir. 

If Jammu has to be developed as a Smart City, JMC has to increase its revenue generation by different ways, the officer said. 

He said, "Although, the development works are being carried out by the corporation through the funds provided by MLAs, or by way of funds of ongoing central projects, but still JMC on its own can also carry on several development works provided it has the funds with it". 

He further informed that the major chunk of JMC's revenue used to come from checking of food samples, milk etc as compound fees which is no longer there. 

"The JMC used to realize an amount of more than Rs 2 crore as compound charges by checking food samples, milk and sweet samples, but the task has now been given to Drug and Food Control (D&FC), thus causing loss to the corporation", he said.

Due to this, even 4 Food Safety Officers (FSO) have also been rendered almost idle, he added.    

"The JMC, now generates revenue mainly from building permissions, user charges, through meat sampling, slaughter houses, dog registrations, compound charges by lifting stray animals, etc which is not sufficient enough to meet the requirements", the Municipal Veterinary Officer (MVO), Dr Zaffar Iqbal said.

Meanwhile, JMC Commissioner, Soujanya Sharma, when contacted said that the corporation will soon develop means to increase its revenue generation. 

"We will utilize spaces lying vacant in different areas of the city, build shopping malls, parks, parking slots etc which will give boost to our revenue generation", the Commissioner said. 

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