It is a windfall for the state government. The urban local bodies in the state, including municipal corporations and municipal councils, had mopped up nearly Rs400 crore in the last three days, said senior officials from the state urban development department. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the richest civic body in India, had collected the secondhighest amount: Rs49.45 crore till 6pm on Sunday.
The state government expects the collection to cross Rs450 crore till Monday, the last day to accept payments in the scrapped Rs500 and Rs1,000 banknotes.
The revenue has significantly gone up after the state government allowed the old notes for payment towards taxes, utility bills and penalties from November 11 in accordance with the central government’s decision.
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) are at the first and third position in the list with a collection of Rs53.13 crore and Rs24.15 crore. The BMC is likely to earn more than Rs80 crore by November 14, officials said. The citizens’ facilitation centres (CFCs) will remain open at all the 24 ward offices from 8am till midnight on Monday.
A senior civic officer said, “We usually get payments of property tax through cheques or online as the amount is high, but now people are clearing their dues through cash. Before the demonetisation, we used to receive Rs50 lakh daily.”
Manisha Mhaiskar, principal secretary of urban development department, said, “We have asked the local bodies to focus on arrears especially by connecting with top tax payers,” Mhaiskar said.
She said that the local bodies normally have a list of tax payers. “The local bodies will be able to get a decent collection even if they get in touch with 50% of the tax payers,” Mhaiskar said.
On Saturday, the local bodies collected Rs81.40 crore.
Meanwhile, the regional transport office will accept the old notes on Monday and has also appealed to citizens to pay their vehicle-related taxes.