Ever since the trifurcation of the unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) in June, the three corporations have been talking about increasing their property tax net.
They plan to do this by identifying properties outside the tax ambit and sending notices to owners. But the shortage of senior staff in the property tax department has grounded all such plans.
According to data available with HT, the three civic bodies have only 34 senior officers in the property tax department against the 117 sanctioned posts.
Around 70% posts of joint assessors and collectors, deputy assessors and collectors and assistant assessors and collectors are lying vacant in the three municipal corporations.
The North Delhi Municipal Corporation, the largest civic body in the Capital, is the worst hit with all three posts of joint assessors and collectors lying vacant.
"Majority of the posts of deputy and assistant assessors and collectors are vacant. There are only three deputy and assistant assessors and collectors in the north body against the sanctioned strength of six and 15 posts, respectively," a north corporation officer said.
To date, the corporations have collected tax from only 9.5 lakh properties. There are around registered 36 lakh properties in the national Capital.
In the cash-strapped East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), all three posts of joint assessors and collectors are vacant.
"Five deputy and assistant assessors and collectors each are looking after the department. The corporation is also running short of 25 assistant assessors and collectors and 7 additional deputy assessor and collectors," said a senior EDMC official.
The condition of the cash-rich South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) is no different. "Only 18 officers have been are posted in the property tax department whereas the number of sanctioned posts is 48," a senior SDMC officer said.