A SURVEY by the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) has revealed discrepancies amounting to 37,141 square feet between declared and actual built-up area at Indraprastha Tower, MG Road.
Sources said the builder was paying property tax for 51,524 sq ft but the survey disclosed that the actual built up area was 88,865 sq ft. The Corporation is believed to have lost Rs 20 lakh in tax earnings as a result of this.
It may be noted that the Corporation issued a notice to Indraprastha builders demanding Rs 19,56,088 as payment towards property taxes on open land for 2001-’04 in December last year.
Irregularities in property tax payments also came to light during a physical examination of Trade Centre, South Tukoganj although details were not immediately available. The twin surveys were carried out as part of an IMC clampdown on builders who dodge property taxes by fudging built-up area figures.
Survey officials have now trained their sights on several other prominent buildings including City Centre, City Plaza, Punjab Jewellers, Bansi Trade Centre, Bansi Plaza and Maya Mansion (all MG Road) Industry House (AB Road) and Mehidpurwalla and BM Tower (Ring Road).
“Physical examinations of all these structures will be carried out shortly,” revealed IMC Assessment and Survey Officer RK Dhiman.
Queried about the Indraprastha case Dhiman revealed that, at a rough estimate, the under-declaring of built-up area had cost the IMC Rs 5 lakh per annum. “Since this has been going on for four years the Corporation has lost Rs 20 lakh,” he added.
Dhiman said the builder had been asked to submit details about the portions where built-up area was under-reported. “We’ve asked whether the areas are still owned by the builder, been let out or sold outright. Once we know the answers notices will be issued to the concerned persons,” he added.
It may be noted that a physical survey at the controversial Treasure Island mall-cum-multiplex brought to light glaring discrepancies in declaration of built-up area figures. The discovery led the Corporation to issue a notice to the mall management demanding Rs 23 lakh in tax arrears.