Civic body recovers Rs 140 crore Property Tax, way short of target

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jan 2019 10:18:46


Staff Reporter,

Though State Government has been asking civic bodies to explore new sources of revenue generation to make themselves self-reliant, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is showing laxity in recovering Property Tax from the dwellers.  Already reeling under financial crisis, NMC managed to recover Rs 140 crore as Property Tax against total recovery of Rs 500 crore as set for 2018-19 by the Standing Committee. Virendra Kukreja, Standing Committee Chairman, while talking to mediapersons, said, “We have to change the present system of tax collection. We will emphasis on collecting Rs 4 crore per day to achieve the target. Presently, we are collecting only Rs 2.40 crore per day.”

Kukreja will call a meeting with Municipal Commissioner Abhijit Bangar and other senior officers to ensure recovery of taxes in remaining three months of the current fiscal year.
Kukreja said, the department has generated 4.53 lakh demand notes of Property Tax and distributed 3.53 lakh till now. Remaining one lakh demand notes will be distributed this month. “The city has total 6.30 lakh properties of which 1.50 lakh properties are in notice  period of assessment registrar, therefore, their demands will be issued next month,” he added.

Directing the administration to improve recovery, Kukreja said, all senior officers including Additional Commissioner and Assistant Commissioners should visit zone offices to motivate employees to recover targteted Property Tax. On a query about granting any rebate, Kukreja denied of launching amnesty scheme. Standing Committee will delegate power to Municipal Commissioner to give
some relief to the defaulters, he added.