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Property tax: With no rebate, hoteliers refuse to clear MC dues

In a development that is likely to pose hurdles in the way of collection of property tax and attainment of the immense annual target set for the same ahead of March 31 deadline, hoteliers in the city have refused to clear their property tax dues in the wake of the refusal of the civic authorities to extend rebate to them or urge the government to do so.

punjab Updated: Mar 22, 2016 16:09 IST
Shaheen P Parsad
The heritage building of the Town Hall that houses the office of the Amritsar Municipal Corporation.
The heritage building of the Town Hall that houses the office of the Amritsar Municipal Corporation. (HT File Photo)

In a development that is likely to pose hurdles in the way of collection of property tax and attainment of the immense annual target set for the same ahead of March 31 deadline, hoteliers in the city have refused to clear their property tax dues in the wake of the refusal of the civic authorities to extend rebate to them or urge the government to do so.

According to officials of the Amritsar municipal corporation, the owners of hotels in Amritsar have refused to clear their property tax dues in the absence of any rebate on the same. Officials said more than 300 owners of hospitality units within the walled city area and elsewhere in the city owe the MC a fortune in terms of property tax.

They had demanded a revision in the property tax rates, for which the government did the needful and issued a notification of the revised rates as well. However, besides this, the hotel owners sought 10% rebate, which the MC authorities refused to extend resulting in discontentment among them.

The property tax target for the current financial year is around Rs 50 crore, but the MC has barely managed to collect Rs 16 crore so far. Meanwhile, remembering recoveries from various sources ahead of the end of the current fiscal year, which is just days away, the civic body has directed the officials of various revenue earning departments to work throughout religious and public holidays to attain targets.

Consequently, revenue collection operations of various departments of the MC shall continue even on Holi, Good Friday and the weekly offs, to ensure that the annual targets are met. Besides this, the civic body has called a meeting of the officials of various departments to review revenue collection on their part and to set fresh weekly targets for them.

Surinder Singh, MC joint commissioner, said the demand of the hoteliers pertaining to property tax has been taken up with Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. “It is up to the government to decide whether to extend the offer of rebate to them or not,” he said. He added that the hoteliers owed at least Rs 1 crore in terms of property tax payment to the MC.

“A meeting has been called on Tuesday to assess the pace of collection of revenue from the property tax and other sources of revenue. Fresh targets shall be allotted to the officials concerned to ensure that the annual financial goals are attained ahead of March 31 deadline,” he said.