Deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal (third from left) during the meeting in Jamshedpur on Friday. (Bhola Prasad)
This is ground reality.
Enjoying fairs, exhibitions and open-air programmes will be heavy on the pocket from this month.
East Singhbhum district administration has decided to levy rents on public grounds to host melas, exhibitions and any open-air entertainment programmes. The decision was taken during a district internal resource and revenue meeting chaired by East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal at the district collectorate on Friday.
Thus it is only obvious that fair, exhibition and shopping festival organisers, who will have to shell out the rent, will charge visitors. So, your next visit to places like Gopal Maidan, Aambagan grounds, G Town grounds, Kadma Ganesh Puja grounds, Circus Maidan, Burmamines Durga Puja grounds and Agrico Transport Ground is going to be expensive.
The state government had leased out all grounds across Jamshedpur to Tata Steel. Till date, organisers had to pay something between Rs 10,000 and Rs 40,000 per day to the steel major.
The new rent amount will be decided by the Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC). “JNAC will be collecting the rents and henceforth organisers will be given permission to host programmes only after they show the rent receipt,” said additional deputy commissioner (ADC) of East Singhbhum Ganesh Kumar.
Kumar said the decision was taken to boost revenue.
He added that the grounds were leased to Tata Steel and not for commercial purposes. “ None of the grounds was meant for commercial purposes. However, these are being used for such purposes and hence the administration has decided to levy rents,” said Kumar.
Thus, the organisers from now on will pay both Tata Steel as well as JNAC.
Naturally, the decision has not gone down well with traders and organisers.
Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Suresh Sonthalia expressed resentment and added that public would have to pay more for entry tickets.
“We organise Canvas India — the annual mega trade fair — at Gopal Maidan. After this decision, we will be forced to hike the entry fee. We were already paying rent to Tata Steel. There is no point in paying rent to both Tata Steel and the administration,” said Sonthalia.
Apart from this pivotal decision, the deputy commissioner also directed sales tax officials and police stations to conduct raids at Sitaramdera Bus Terminus to prevent goods from other states being unloaded from inter-state buses without paying sales tax duties.
Keeping in view the rise of onion and potatoes prices, 20 Suvidha centres (monitored by the district administration) will come up across the city where these two edibles will be available at price little higher than the wholesale rate. But, this too comes with a rider. A person can purchase only up to 3kg of each of the item in a single day.