Reacting to criticism heaped against the new property tax system, the civic body has decided to extend the deadline for payment to June 30. The original deadline was March 31.
Citizens have been protesting against the new system of calculating the tax based on the capital value of the structure.
Hindustan Times had on Wednesday reported how the civic body had received more than 30,000 complaints from citizens over errors in bills and provisions of the new system.
HT had also reported how the civic body was contemplating an extension of the deadline for payment.
On Monday, representatives of more than 35,000 housing societies had declared their intent of going on a day-long hunger strike against the new system.
One of the major criticisms was the inadequate time given to people to make payments. This prompted the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to extend the deadline and no penalty will be levied on those who wish to pay after March 31.
After June 30, the BMC plans to impose a penalty amounting to 2% of the bill every month. Citizens had been lackadaisical in making the payments.
Data till March 10 indicates that the civic body collected only Rs115 crore under the new system, against the expected income of more than Rs1,500 crore.
Critics, however, have slammed the move and said a review is needed, not an extension.
“We want the BMC to rethink the entire system,” said Rajkumar Sharma from ALMANAC, a citizens group.