In yet another bid to collect the property tax arrears, water and sewerage bills from the public, the Kapurthala municipal council (MC) is going to start an online payment facility for the city residents.
The online payment which will allow the consumer to pay their property tax, water and sewerage bills facility from their homes, will offer a range of payment options including net banking, debit card and credit card of any bank through which e-payment can be made by the residents.
Earlier, residents had to visit the MC office or have to pay the payment in some particular banks due to which some people remained reluctant despite they want to pay the bill.
Sources said even after a lot of efforts being made by MC officials to convince people to pay their taxes and bills, they have been failed to collect even 50% of the arrears.
As per information, the MC has managed to collect the property tax to the tune of `45 lakh out of a total target of `1.75 crore from 1,900 properties. There are as many as 14,500 identified properties.
While the MC has collected only Rs 45 lakh as water and sewerage bills, the target for the same was Rs 2 crore.
Officials said no additional payment would be levied on online payment.
"The users can simply login into the MC website and click on 'payment' and then search their name after which a list will appear," an official said.
"After this, a form will appear in which the user can pay after filling all the particulars and accepting terms and conditions. An electronic receipt with reference number will be generated," he said.
Adarsh Kumar, executive officer, Kapurthala MC, said they are tying up with two private banks to get gateway which will allow them to receive online payments from the consumers through banks.
"One of the banks has offered us to provide free gateway and most probably we will launch this facility in the first week of the October," he said.