Continuing the drive against property tax defaulters, the civic body issued 19 attachment notices in ‘S’ ward (Bhandup) to Reliance Infratel and Reliance Infocom for not paying the property tax of sites on which they have set up microwave antenna (mobile towers) on residential societies.
The company has to pay Rs 40.64 lakh property tax.
Till date, the BMC has sent over 1,200 such attachment notices to defaulters.
“The space rented out by the societies for these towers are high and the property tax of these towers is calculated on the rent it can fetch,” said a senior civic official.
In these 19 cases, the rent that the telecom company is paying the societies is between Rs1.25 and Rs3 lakh a year.
“As we are closing the balance sheets for this fiscal year, we have began the process of sending attachment notices to the defaulters to meet the estimate targets,” said Joint Municipal Commissioner, SS Shinde.
Shinde added that the BMC had given enough time to Reliance Infratel and Infocom for paying the dues but they have not responded so far.
The spokesperson for Reliance Infratel and Infocom said they would only be able to respond to the query by Wednesday.
There are a total of 28 such sites for the same telecom company in Bhandup alone who have defaulted on payment and of them 19 sites have not paid for the last 18 months.
“From today, the company cannot use the property till they pay the money,” said another officer.