Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) has started a special drive to collect Tk 100 crore worth of overdue bills, fees and taxes accumulated in the past 25 years.
The drive was launched on Wednesday, and it will continue for one month.
Three officials are heading as many teams in the field visits. They are SCC Secretary Badrul Alam, Chief Engineer Nur Azizur Rahman and Executive Engineer Ali Akber. Mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury accompanies them during the drive.
According to the revenue department of SCC, the dues include Tk 67 crore of holding tax, Tk 12 crore of water bills, Tk 20 crore of trade licence fees, and Tk 1 crore of billboard fees.
Mayor Arif said bills, taxes and fees are the main sources of income of the corporation, and having Tk 1 crore in dues is putting pressure on the organisation. “We repeatedly sent them notices to clear the dues, but they didn't. That's why we have to start the drive,” he said.
Shahab Uddin Shihab, public relations officer of SCC, said the three teams along with the mayor visited Zinbazar area yesterday; eventually they will cover all 27 wards of the city.
In the last two days, the teams collected Tk 18 lakh, he said, adding that those who could not pay right away were given a specific timeframe to clear the dues.
SCC earns Tk 50-52 crore yearly in revenue, he said.