Sanitation tax for tourists in Darjeeling
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Darjeeling:Chief Executive of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration Bimal Guring has directed Darjeeling Municipality to collect a sanitation tax of Rs 10 per day per tourist through the hotels used by them to reside. "As Darjeeling receives many tourists every season, they are also responsible for polluting the hill town to some extent," said Darjeeling Municipality chairman Amar Singh Rai in defence of imposing the new tax. The Hotel Owners' Association, however, are not happy with the new tax and has decided to convene a meeting to discuss the matter. "We have lists of plans to improve the infrastructure of the town, but some vested group or association always opposes us so we are unable to carry out the work. However, nobody can oppose Gurung's decision," said a councillor.
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