Officials of the house tax wing of the municipal corporation (MC) are in a tizzy over registering new properties under Permanent Assessment Register (PR) in absence of property tax even as house tax was abolished recently.
The entries for PR were closed on March 31. However, though house tax was abolished to give way to property tax, the latter is yet to be imposed.
In absence of any tax, MC cannot register new properties under PR. Registration of property is essential as a TS 1 certificate is issued only after a property is registered with the MC.
However, Zone B, C and D have been registering new properties under PR, while Zone A claims it has no directions to follow the process.
This has also led to harassment of residents of Zone-A, who have to leave empty handed when they approach the MC to get their new properties registered.
Though the property tax was implemented on April 1, it is yet to be imposed as the state government has not completed the formalities to introduce the tax.
According to information, a notice of 101 and 103 is issued when someone approaches the MC to get his or her property registered under the PR. However, Zone A is not following the procedure since the beginning of the month.
The plea of Zone A is that in absence of property tax, new properties cannot be registered under house tax. On the other hand, Zone B, C and D claim that they have got verbal orders regarding registration of new properties under PR.
Different claims of the four zones have raised questions regarding the coordination among the MC zones.
PS Ghuman, zonal commissioner of Zone B, said the zone was registering new properties with the changed procedure. “The registration of properties would continue under the changed procedure in absence of house tax,” said Ghuman.
Zone C and D also echoed similar views.
However, an official of the house tax wing of Zone A, said the PR for this year ended on March 31 after which properties could not be registered unless new guidelines were received under the property tax.
Hartej Singh, superintendent of Zone D, said the permission to register new properties was granted four days ago by the MC commissioner.
Interestingly, property tax that was implemented from April 1 this year has so far been lingering due to political controversy. The state government has formed a committee on the tax that would produce its report, following which the tax would be implemented in letter and spirit.