In order to recover property tax dues, the Nagpur civic body has stepped up drive to collect Rs322 crore from defaulting residents. The municipal corporation has already started the drive wherein assistant municipal commissioner Mahesh Morone has raided a house in Dharampeth zone and recovered a tax of Rs25, 411.
According to civic body officials, Standing committee chairman Virendra Kukreja and tax consultative committee chairman Sandip Jadhav have set a target to recover arrears of Rs45 crore in the October month. So to achieve the target, the committee has intensified the drive.
The officials informed that in last two days they have recovered Rs 1, 37,429 from Mangalwari zone. “The highest number of defaulters was from Laxmi Nagar zone. Here the arrears are to the tune of Rs58.28 crore. It was followed by Lakadganj zone where the property tax arrears have reached Rs50.62 crore.” Officials added.
Sources further said that even 621 government institutions too have defaulted on property tax totaling Rs 48.31 crore.
Apart from the property tax department, the water department has also strengthened the dues recovery drive against water bill defaulters. On Wednesday, the joint teams of Nagpur Municipal Corporation and Orange City Water snapped almost 60 connections across the city, increasing the tally to 171 consumers.
A few days back only Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to take stern action against defaulters of property tax and water bills. And as said, they have started the drive. As per the latest data, NMC-OCW teams visited almost 523 homes of defaulters out of which 66 consumers paid Rs19.51 lakh in last three days.
Those who still have not paid the dues, they will have to face stringent actions like filing FIR, disconnection of taps, warrant etc.