Having failed to gain approval, earlier, to raise property taxes by 14 percent, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has proposed increasing the beautification cess by five percent on group housing societies.

In an effort to shore up its revenue that has been significantly affected by the COVID 19 pandemic; the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has put forth proposal to increase the beautification cess by five percent on housing societies and properties with ponds, fountains and other water features.

Officials have shared that the beautification cess has not been increased in many years and the proposed hike is, therefore, nominal. To be precise, from the current Rs 6,000 per year and Rs 20,000 deposit, the levy will increase to Rs 6,300 and the deposit to Rs 21,000, respectively.

Furthermore, the Standing Committee in June 2021 rejected the BMC’s proposal to increase property tax by around 14 percent. With continued opposition from political fronts, BMC's latest move to hike the beautification cess by five percent is being thwarted citing the inability of the people to pay other maintenance fees due to the global pandemic.