Kolkata: The state Fire and Emergency Services department has brought in a revision in the fire licence fees that is charged for storing and processing of hazardous substances.The move is aimed to facilitate ease of business in the state. Earlier, the fire licence rates were fixed on the basis of quantity of hazardous substances but now it would be decided on the basis of storage area. “The new rates will take into consideration the square metre area on which a firm, which stores hazardous substances, is situated. The rates have been classified into three categories — municipal corporation, municipalities and rural areas. There will be a significant drop in the licence fee rate that is to be paid for storage and processing of hazardous substance,” said Fire and Emergency Services minister Sujit Bose on Friday at a press conference in the state Assembly. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe state Fire department has prepared a list of items on which the revised fire licence fees will be effective. The substances are jute, cotton, coal, lubricating oil, bitumen, sulphur, plastic and its various products, paint thinners, naphtha and potassium (metal). Bose said for municipal corporation areas the rates would be in the range of Rs 3,000 to Rs 1 lakh, for municipality areas it would vary from Rs 2,500 to Rs 90,000 while for the rural areas the range would be from Rs 2,000 to Rs 80,000. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAccording to the calculations by the department for coal and bitumen, the rates would slide by 67 percent for lubricating oil, naphtha and sulphur, 55 percent while for cotton, paint thinners, plastic and 10 percent for potassium (metal). The rates for jute will come down by more than 50 percent. State Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim, who was also present at the press conference, said a committee was constituted under the instructions of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to usher in a uniformity of the rates for fire license fees. “The committee headed by state chief secretary Malay De analysed the rates and accordingly a parity has been brought in,” Hakim said.