The cash-strapped Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has prepared an ‘action plan’ for better house tax collection, focusing on bringing at least 10 lakh more properties under the net this fiscal.
The Assessor and Collector of MCD said that the civic agency will begin by sending notices to identified defaulters soon.
The civic body will also send notices to tax defaulters already identified after a recent survey and realise dues, the process of which will be completed in 45-60 days.
Chairman of Standing Committee Yogender Chandolia said while sending notices and launching coercive actions like attachment of properties, priority should be 4816 identified properties with property tax dues of more than Rs 5 lakh.
“We have set a target of bringing 10 lakh additional properties under the tax net this fiscal. To aid the identification of properties, data received from various sources like Survey of India, DSSDI and MCD’s own door-to-door survey will be streamlined and computerised in six months,” he said.
A number of councillors raised the issue of dues pending with agencies like Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Delhi Metro rail Corporation (DMRC), North Delhi Power limited (NDPL) and Delhi Jal Board (DJB), to which officials said while an advice has been sought from Solicitor General on whether DDA should pay property tax to MCD, in the case of Delhi Metro, a demand for Rs 12 crore has been readied.
It had been decided at a meeting headed by the Lt Governor that DMRC will pay property tax only for commercial establishment outside station premises and will be required to submit service charges wherever applicable, they said.