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Delhi: Civic agencies boost property tax mechanism

Ritam Halder, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 19, 2013
First Published: 23:19 IST(19/8/2013) | Last Updated: 23:20 IST(19/8/2013)

In a bid to boost their property tax collection mechanism and bring all residents under its net, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation is set to engage a private company to conduct a door-to-door survey in its jurisdiction and tag every property with a unique number.

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The North civic body on the other hand announced an amnesty scheme from Monday.

Chairman of the standing committee of the civic body Sanjay Surjan told Hindustan Times there were around 10 lakh properties in the East body's jurisdiction, out of which only 2.26 lakh pay property tax.

"A unique property code will be issued to all properties after a survey during which photographs and measurements of each building will be documented. After that, exact details will be available online," Surjan said. The final preamble will be available with the standing committee in a few days.

"The idea is to bring more and more people under the property tax net rather than burdening tax payers with hiked rates," the standing committee chairman said.

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation, which is also working on a similar project, on Monday announced an amnesty scheme to provide relief to thousands of residents from fines and interest and recover around R100 crores of pending property tax.

Chairman of the high-powered property tax committee of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, Rajesh Bhatia, said, that a long-awaited scheme of settling property tax arrears with immunity from penalty and waiver of interest started from Monday and would continue till November 30.

"The commissioner has approved the move, which will help four types of property owners -- those who have done ex-parte assessment under old rateable value system, ones with rateable value already determined on merit but haven't paid, those who have not paid under the unit area method and those whose cases are pending in courts and are willing to resolve them out of court," Bhatia said.


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