The campaign of house tax department officials of Amritsar Municipal Corporation to initiate action against defaulters' properties started on a dull note on Saturday as only six properties in the walled city area could be sealed while the local body became richer by only Rs 1 lakh.
Sources said that MC officials were to target 16 defaulters' properties, adding that only two of the six sealed properties were big commercial establishments.
One of these establishments is situated in Katra Kanhaiya, while the other is in Bajrang Bazaar. Sources said that owner of each of these properties owed the MC more than Rs 1 lakh as house tax dues for almost eight to ten years.
According to sources, around 15 to 20 properties of defaulters would be sealed in different areas on Monday.
The house tax department, given a target of Rs 17.5 crore collection, still faces a shortfall of Rs 6 crore. The nonchalance of MC authorities in matters pertaining to recoveries could be judged from the reply of Municipal Commissioner Dharampal Gupta, who said that these were "petty issues" and he should not be bothered about them.
"It is for the officials in the department to oversee and monitor these issues. I should not be bothered with queries related to recoveries," he said.
On the other hand, Bhawani Shankar, Superintendent in house tax department, said that officials were working hard to achieve recovery targets. "We are working hard to ensure that these targets are achieved by the end of the financial year. We hope that we shall be successful," he maintained.