|Community Approach to Integrated Basic Services Promoting Health and Livelihood for the Urban Poor - UNCHS Pilot Project: Lucknow, Rajkot, Visakhapatnam (Government of India - HABITAT, 1999, 90 p.)|
|3. Rajkot City Project|
The effective delivery of various urban services depend upon finance available. The Municipal Corporation levies taxes, fees and charges, which are its main sources of income. The Corporation also earns income byway of return from capital, rents, charges for services rendered, sale proceeds of immovable properties, donations etc. The main tax base of the Municipal Corporation is as follows:
1. Octroi Tax on the entry of goods in the town for sale, use or consumption.
2. Property tax that includes water tax, conservancy tax etc.
3. Toll tax
4. Entertainment tax
Town planning schemes in the city have also improved certain areas. The town planning department which is an independent statutory body for the preparation and finalisation of town planning schemes has prepared eight schemes for new areas of the city.
No project planning for urban projects can succeed without the cooperation and participation of the communities involved. In acknowledgement of this fact, and keeping in view the basic concept of the UNCHS programme, the RMC has made concerted efforts to mobilise community groups. It has also encouraged NGOs working in the sector of slum upgradation and urban development to participate wherever possible. This has resulted in a participatory approach which works extremely will in the city. The community expresses its desires for action on a number of developmental issues through Community Based Organisations, prioritises them and gains implementation from the RMC and relevant NGOs.