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Fresh survey of properties in city

To crack down on tax defaulters in the city, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) will carry out a new survey to identify all registered and unauthorised properties.

delhi Updated: Jan 30, 2010 22:49 IST

To crack down on tax defaulters in the city, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) will carry out a new survey to identify all registered and unauthorised properties.

“We had thought of roping in our teachers and engineers to carry out the survey. But we are also exploring the possibility of having ex-servicemen to carry out these survey,” said Ram Kishan Singhal, chairman of the MCD’s standing committee.

The civic body took this decision after its amnesty scheme for tax defaulters failed to attract people in depositing their taxes.

The civic agency had expected property tax collection from 18 lakh properties but only 76,000 people coming forward.

As per the MCD’s estimate, there are more than 25 lakh properties in the city but the MCD is able to collect tax from merely 7.5 lakh property owners.

“We are yet to finalise the details but those who will carry out the survey will be provided data, which we may get from the Delhi Jal Board or the power distribution companies, about properties in the city,” added Singhal.

“They will then carry out a door-to-door survey and identify the defaulters and will be paid Rs 30 per household.”

Though the Survey of India is also conducting a survey to determine all those the property owners who are not under the MCD’s tax net, the civic agency wants to have a database of its own.

Opposition criticises proposed increase

The civic agency’s move to increase property tax rates has been severely criticised by the Opposition.

“They should get more people under the tax net rather than increasing property tax rates. The BJP-led MCD is hell bent on burdening the public,” said Jai Kishan Sharma, leader of opposition in the MCD. He said the civic body should reject the proposal of increasing property tax rates.

Sharma said the property tax department is the “most neglected”. “Nearly one third of the posts are vacant. Property returns are not being fed into the computer. There is no record available with the department,” he said.