Corporal de Cong says 15,000 unlicensed traders, mayor says 7,000 | Mangaluru News

Mangaluru: Nearly 15,000 traders within Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) boundaries have been doing business without a business license from the local urban body, said Corporal Naveen D’Souza of Congress.
Mayor Premanand Shetty, however, said the number of traders who had not obtained a license would be around 7,000.
D’Souza told TOI that although the city corporation issued nearly 40,000 commercial door numbers, only about 19,000 applied for a license from the city corporation in 2021-22. “More than 20,000 traders in the city have not applied for the business license. The majority of them carry out activities without a permit. Some may not have started a business or closed after opening it. However, at least 15,000 are without a business license in the city,” he said.
Mayor Shetty said, “In order to make the business license approval process more transparent, the city has launched new software. The municipal corporation is considering an investigation through an agency to identify all illegal traders and issue licenses after imposing penalties on violators.
“To make the licensing process transparent, faster and to increase revenue for the municipality, we have introduced new software. All new and renewal licenses from 2021-22 have been processed through the new software. Approximately 6,000 to 7,000 merchants are running businesses in the city either by not getting a license from the MCC or by not renewing the existing one,” Shetty added.
“A survey of merchants in the city will be launched to bring all businesses into the income field. The heads of the health section and the multi-purpose agents (MPW) were responsible for collecting the data. We are also planning to outsource the survey to a private agency. Those who have not applied for or renewed their license in the last few years will have to pay a penalty,” the mayor said.
The municipality received 18,845 applications for business licenses in 2021-2022. Additionally, 68 applications were received for 2022-23. A payment of Rs 10.48 crore has been received from 15,964 applicants for 2021-22 and 2022-23, an official said.

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