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MCD draws ire of residents with 'mindless' notices

The lackadaisical attitude of the MCD has resulted in lakhs of people making numerous rounds of the civic agency’s offices.
Hindustan Times | By Neelam Pandey, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2011 11:43 PM IST

The lackadaisical attitude of the MCD has resulted in lakhs of people making numerous rounds of the civic agency’s offices. The property tax department of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has sent out lakhs of notices to property owners in the city, asking them to pay their property tax. However, those who have been served the notices have already paid their tax to the civic agency.

A number of senior citizens claimed they are being unnecessarily harassed by the zonal departments of the MCD, asking them to show their tax receipts and pay again.

MCD officials admitted the fact that notices have been served to property owners mindlessly by the department and a meeting will be conducted on Thursday to address the issue. The assessor and collector of MCD has also served a showcause notice to the joint assessor and collector, asking him to explain as to why notices were served without checking the manual records.

According to the residents, they have been asked to show 10-year-old records of property tax — 2001 to 2010. “This is complete harassment. The house tax department should check its own records for such details. It is not our duty. We have refused to comply with the notice and will not the pay house tax if the notice is not withdrawn with immediate effect. The senior citizens are all the more troubled, as they have to make rounds of the MCD offices,” said Anil Bajpai, president of East Delhi RWA Federation.

The civic agency claimed that they are yet to put up all property tax data online and hence have sent out notices to a number of owners who have already paid their taxes. MCD is now creating a database, where details of all property tax payers will be posted online.

“The data of all tax payers who have been paying online is available with us. None of those have been served a notice. Only those who had filled their returns manually have been issued notices. Before sending out the notices, the department should have checked the demand collection register, but they have not done that it seems. I’ve asked the zonal department to discontinue issuance of notices. A meeting will also be held this week to address the issue,” said SA Khan, assessor and collector, MCD.

There are 30 lakh properties in the city but the MCD has been able to collect tax from just 9 lakh, resulting in revenue loss.

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