With the municipal corporation (MC) eyeing more revenue from property tax as compared to last year, the department has decided to tighten its noose around the defaulters early this fiscal.
Talking to HT on Thursday, property tax department officials said they are sending notices to the identified defaulters in the city, asking them to pay the tax on time, failing which their propertied will be sealed and they will be made to pay penalty.
Officials said they have already started sealing buildings of those who failed to submit the tax within the stipulated time even after multiple notices.
Department superintendent Rajiv Rishi said this month, the department has sealed around 12 buildings of defaulters in various parts of the city. “Our field staff is keeping a close tab on the property tax received and defaulters who have not responded to notices,” said Rishi.
New survey to help identify property owners, defaulters
The MC, at present, has a record of as many as 48,000 defaulters, who have not paid the property tax in 2014 and 2105. On the basis of a survey, the MC had identified as many as 2.56 lakh property owners in the city, out of which only 1.1 lakh had paid property tax in 2013-14.
MC system manager Rajesh Sharma said although the office didn’t have the record of property owners in the city, the system is being upgraded to link all data digitally and keep a record of defaulters.
After geographical index survey (GIS), which is currently being carried out by the Mumbai-based company Darashaw, the civic body will be easily able to identify various properties.
Rs 44 lakh collected
In the current financial year, the MC has collected Rs 44 lakh as property tax from defaulters. Rs 17 lakh were received in May.
Officials claim they have successfully taken measures to earn more revenue. “We are hopeful of fulfilling this year’s revenue target without any problem,” said Rajiv Rishi.
In the budget this year, the MC has set a target of Rs 35 crore as revenue from property tax. Last year, the target was Rs 30 crore, but the department could realise only Rs 22.69 crore.