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Implementation of property tax likely to get delayed

HT Correspondent  Ludhiana, March 20, 2013
First Published: 20:46 IST(20/3/2013) | Last Updated: 20:47 IST(20/3/2013)

Despite the fact that the municipal corporation was trying hard to complete the physical verification of properties to implement the property tax by April this year, there are least chances that the tax would be implemented by then.

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Sources in Punjab Remote Sensing Centre that has been given the responsibility of completing the physical survey of the properties across the city says that it would take at least three to four months to complete the survey. There are more than 3.9 lakh properties in the city that have to be surveyed by visiting them.

At present, there has been no meeting of MC officials with the Ludhiana deputy commissioner who would decide upon the unit value of eight different zones for property tax in the city. The deputy commissioner is likely to call a meeting anytime now that has been delayed since March 11 when it was fixed.

Opposition by the Congress also seems to have been subsided as it has accepted that property tax would be imposed at any cost but has demanded that a minimum unit value should be imposed.

A top MC official said that the implementation of the property tax and physical survey of the properties would go side by side and the tax would be imposed on the decided date that is April 1.

But sources in the remote sensing centre claim that the physical verification was taking time as many of the residents are not co-operating with them.

“We have to face problems as many times residents do not prefer to share the details of their properties. Sometimes they provide wrong information without knowing the fact that this would land them in trouble in future,” said sources.

Leader of opposition and Congress councillor Hemraj Aggarwal said that the property tax should be implemented without any discrimination between different areas. “It should be uniform and not different for all areas. It should be minimum for all,” said Aggarwal.

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