The state government will take stern action against those who fail to pay their property tax by September 30, local government secretary Ashok Gupta said on Friday.
Interacting with the media during his visit to the city, Gupta made it clear that all the defaulters, who have not paid their tax for 2013-14 till date and would fail to do so by September 30, will be dealt with sternly and the government will not spare them any further.
He said the new property tax regime introduced for 2014-15 should go down well with the residents of the state as the government has put in a lot of work before drafting it.
Jalandhar municipal corporation commissioner MS Chattwal, who was also present, said, "We have identified 25 big defaulters owing large sum of money as property tax. If these defaulters fail to clear their due by September 30, stringent action will be taken against them".
Talking on the issue of solid waste disposal and management in the state, Gupta said that Punjab is the first state in the country which has introduced a solid waste division at the local body levels and it will be functional before October 31.
This step, he said, will help the different municipal corporations in solid waste management and the new division will also reduce the load of the civic body which has to face the hassle of waste management at a daily basis, affecting its efficiency.
Gupta added that the compounding of water and sewerage bills in the electricity bill has already been introduced as a pilot project in Amritsar, Faridkot and Nawanshahr. If the pilot project is found to be successful, it will be soon implemented in the state, he added.