Turning up the heat on property tax defaulters, the SAS Nagar Municipal Corporation (MC) has prepared a list of 1,500 commercial establishments, whose properties have been attached.
Notices are now being issued to these establishments, who till date haven't paid even a single penny as property tax for the past two financial years.
Ironically, government buildings rank on the top of the defaulter list.
The defaulting government buildings include Vikas Bhawan, Sector 62; Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), Phase 8; Punjab Mandi Board and Bulk Marketing Office in Sector 65.
Sharing information, a senior MC official, said, "The tax is paid based on self-assessment. We have calculated average for these establishments that stands between Rs 80 lakh and Rs 1 crore."
Among the private commercial establishments is the Mohali Club in Sector 65 which owes about `40 lakh as tax.
"We are following procedure, and hence properties of defaulters have been attached. Now notices are being sent.
If defaulters fail to pay up even now, we can go to the extent of resumption properties," said MC commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta.
10% rebate fails to elicit response
The MC has allowed 10% rebate for those paying before March 15. But the discount has failed to evoke much response, as the corporation has earned just about Rs 5 crore as tax till date, while its total target is `15 crore. Besides, the MC is also yet to recover Rs 15 crore for 2013-14.
Punjab School Education Board Rs 80 lakh
Vikas Bhawan Rs 90 lakh
Punjab Mandi Board Rs 70 lakh
Bulk Marketing Building Rs 70 lakh
Mohali Club RS 40 lakh