After June 30, residents who fail to pay property tax run the risk of having their power and water connection disconnected with the municipal corporation deciding to act tough on 5,000-odd defaulters in the city.
“We have list of 5,000 defaulters who have not been paying up in spite of notices. We are yet to recover Rs 4 crore,” said a MC official, adding that governments offices and NRIs were also on the defaulters’ list.
The MC is already following a name and shame policy by pasting notices outside the premises of the defaulters. but this has not yet yielded results.
For now, the MC has decided that it would issue warning notice to defaulters and in case they fail to deposit property tax in a month, the list would be forwarded to the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) asking for disconnection. There are 659 commercial, 293 industrial and 4,000 residential properties that are yet to pay the tax. With NRIs, the MC is unable to take up the issue as most properties lie unoccupied.
“We have decided to send the list of defaulters to PSPCL and ask them to disconnect the power connection in case the outstanding dues are not cleared by June 30,” said MC commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta.
BENDING OF RULES
A senior MC official said most industrialists own more than one property, but are paying tax for only one property. The MC has prepared a survey and has a list, but nothing fruitful has resulted. There are few factories like JCT that have closed down and are under litigation and thus tax cannot be recovered from it.
POLICE, PANCHAYATS DEPT ALSO DEFAULTERS
Police are yet to pay an outstanding amount of over Rs 50 lakh while Vikas Bhawan that houses panchayats department is yet to pay `25 lakh. The MC claims that it has decided to write to the DGP and the home secretary, asking for clearance of dues. The MC has already issued a notice warning of sealing of property, but to no avail.
Punjab Police occupies at least 10 buildings, including the Punjab state NRI police wing at Phase 7, Punjab State Cyber Crime Police station, Phase 4, the EO wing at Phase 6, the Vigilance Bureau police station at Sector 68, police lines and four other police stations.