The Amritsar municipal corporation (MC) on Friday sealed two premises in posh Ranjit Avenue locality here for non-payment of property tax.
The civic body’s move is directed towards augmenting revenue through property tax collection to qualify for the Smart City test.
On the first day, members the five teams constituted for this purpose could be seen scouring the length and breadth of the city, and finally sealing two buildings. They have also collected Rs 16 lakh from other defaulters.
The MC has identified 800 properties of property tax defaulters for sealing, which are divided into batches of 50 each five-member team handling 10 properties at a time.
MC officials the civic body is likely to complete the process of revenue collection and sealing in about 16 days.
Giving details, municipal commissioner Pradeep Sabharwal said the sealed premises were among the first batch of 50 properties identified for action. “Notices had been issued to the defaulters to clear their dues, but they failed and thus their properties were sealed,” he said.
He added that the sealing of two properties prompted other defaulters to clear their dues on the spot.
The MC officials have high hopes that they will be able to meet revenue collection target through property tax generation. Sabharwal said the drive would focus mainly on prime properties in the city that had evaded payment of their property tax dues.
“We are doing our best to streamline the collection of property tax, which had lagged behind in the past. None of the defaulters would be spared. The properties would be sealed on the spot if they fail to clear their dues with the visiting teams,” he said.