Even as more than 100 big establishments in the city are yet to clear their house tax payments, no action has been initiated against them despite the fact that the cash-starved Amritsar municipal corporation needs huge money to carry out its various projects.
MC officials claimed the house tax defaulters’ list featured the names of more than 100 big establishments — both government and private — who owed the MC big money. However, the civic body, so far,remained only concerned with sealing small establishments featured in the list of defaulters.
The MC’s inaction against big fish can be attributed to slack attitude of officials of the house tax department, which in the past few years has become synonymous with “failure” as far as achieving its annual targets is concerned.
As per municipal commissioner Pradeep Sabharwal, the number of big defaulters runs into hundreds.
“These defaulters included government departments and commercial and private establishments,” he said, adding several reminders had been sent to these defaulters to clear their dues, but in vain. “We have already started action against the defaulters by sealing their properties. We have sealed several shops that owed the MC house tax,” he said.
He, however, maintained that no action had yet been taken against the big fish, including the government departments. “Strict action will be taken against all defaulters, who have failed to clear their dues,” warned Sabharwal.
MC TO GO TOUGH ON DEFAULTERS: MAYOR
Stating that the period for availing rebates on the property tax was over, mayor Bakshi Ram Arora said the MC would not be soft on defaulters.“As per the government mandate, we have to recover property tax with fine from the defaulters, who failed to make the payment within the grace period during which discounts were also offered,” he said.