The amnesty scheme of the local bodies department appears to have failed, with the municipal corporation (MC) managing to collect only 13.5% of its remaining house tax and 7% of the pending water supply and sewerage tax.
As per the available information, under the scheme, the civic body collected around Rs 55 lakh against the pending house tax of around Rs 4.5 crore, while Rs 25 lakh were collected against the Rs 3.5 crore pending towards water supply and sewerage.
However, on the last day of the scheme on August 31, both house tax and water supply branches remained opened and recovered around Rs 3.5 lakh and Rs 1.5 lakh, respectively.
The scheme was largely ignored by major house tax defaulters, including eight government offices and a 'royal' Rajindra Gymkhana and Mahendra Club (Maharani Club), who owe Rs 2.15 crore to the civic body. Of this amount, the principal was Rs 1.09 crore, while the rest was interest.
House tax branch inspector Sanjeev Kumar said that besides a payment of Rs 25 lakh by the old office building of chief engineer of Public Works Department (Bridges and Roads), which was also the academic campus of the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), no other major defaulter had approached them. The PWD had a pending amount of Rs 76.91 lakh, including Rs-39.64 lakh interest on the actual amount of Rs 37.27 lakh.
MC commissioner Parminder Singh Gill said the defaulters would have to face the heat now as they would have to pay the full amount, including interest.
"We will initiate strict action against the defaulters by serving notices in this regard, and if necessary, we will also attach their properties to recover the pending amounts," he claimed.
According to the amnesty scheme, interest would be waived off if defaulters cleared their dues to the MC in one go. The MC had intensively publicised the scheme to recover the arrears before the implementation of property tax, which would abolish house tax.
Maharani Club - R79.98 lakh
Government Rajindra Medical College and Hospital - R29.85 lakh
Office of Devigarh divisional engineer of telecom - R15.80 lakh
Zila parishad office - R7.04 lakh
Devigarh sub-division office R4.06
Bhakra mainline executive engineer - R1.24 lakh
District forest range office - R73,222
Tehsildar's office - R23,224