The Trichy municipal Corporation has disconnected the water connections of 112 property tax defaulters as a part of tax and arrears collection drive. The civic body has prepared the list of 100 and top 500 tax defaulters who are yet to pay their property tax, water charges and other taxes for over a period of one year.
The Municipal Corporation generates huge part of the revenue from Property tax, water charge and professional tax and has collected merely Rs. 65 crores out of the estimated Rs. 222 crores revenue for this year.
The Trichy Municipal Corporation has begun to disconnect the water connections of the property tax defaulters as it will make them pay taxes on time and thus the civic body can achieve their estimated target of revenue generation within a set deadline.
In the past week, the civic body has disconnected the water connection of more than 100 defaulters for not clearing their outstanding dues for over 12 months.
The civic body has generated Rs. 1.25 crore since the start of this initiative from February 1, 2019. Nearly Rs. 156 crores are still to be recovered from defaulters and this includes arrears for over two years along with property tax, water charge, professional tax and vacant land tax.
For the current fiscal year, the corporation collected only Rs. 4 crores out of the estimated collection of Rs. 55 crores from the non-tax revenue category that includes property rent collected for their establishments including shops in the Central bus stand complex and Chathiram bus stand complex.
An official was quoted saying that the civic body will keep disconnecting water supply till all pending taxes are not paid by the tax defaulters. The official also said that the names of top defaulters will be displayed on the official website of Trichy Municipal corporation by the end of March.
The civic body has asked residents to pay tax dues on or before 15th February to avoid display of their name son the official portal.