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India: New Solar Water Heater Property Tax Discussed in Mumbai

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 27, 2012

A new regulation in the Indian city of Mumbai may soon tax solar water heaters on roofs as part of the property tax. The Bruhanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the civic body which governs the city of Mumbai, has recently amended its Development Control Rules (DCRs). According to the new DCRs by India's richest municipal organisation, any space on a roof occupied by split air conditioners, antenna or cooling towers is going to be included in the Floor Space Index (FSI) calculation, meaning it will be charged with regular property tax. Most likely, this will soon include solar water heater space as well. FSI is the ratio between the built floor space and the available lot area. The FSI in Mumbai ranges from 1 to 4, depending on location, type of building constructed etc. The photo shows the densely populated city centre of Mumbai at the west coast of India.
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