The much-hyped amnesty scheme for tax defaulters launched by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) had only 27,000 owners coming forward to deposit their tax.
This when the civic agency was expecting property tax from more than 18 lakh defaulting properties.
Looking at the dismal response, the civic body has now decided to extend the date for amnesty scheme to December 31.
“We have information about all the property owners who have not paid. We will be issuing show cause notice to them and their property can be auctioned if they fail to pay by December 31," said MCD commissioner K S Mehra.
According to the civic agency, they had been recovering tax only from approximately 7.5 lakh of the 18 lakh properties about which they have information. The amnesty scheme was launched to get the defaulting owners in the tax-net.
"We received large number of representations from resident welfare associations that they could not avail themselves of the scheme due to festival season. They had requested to extend the date so that they could also get the benefit of the scheme. We have decided to give time to such people to avail the scheme," said Ram Kishan Singhal, chairman of the standing committee of the MCD.
However, the 18 lakh properties may be the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
The civic agency estimates there may be as many as 30 lakh properties in the city, about which it has yet to get information. The Survey of India is conducting a survey to determine all those the property owners who are not under the tax net of the civic agency.
Meanwhile, the civic agency had said that all those who are found defaulting after December 31, will be charged a penalty of 30 per cent and in addition to this, 1 per cent interest will be levied every month till the amount is finally paid up.