In a single day on Saturday, the Rajkot Municipal Corporation collected Rs 1.13 crore as the property tax and this is a perfect example of how stringent a civic body can become in order to carry out the drive against the property tax defaulters.
The Rajkot Municipal Corporation aims to achieve the target of Rs. 245 crore by March 31, out of which Rs. 210 crores is already collected by Saturday evening.
The civic body got its all officials working in order to collect the property tax. In the Rajkot Municipal Corporation, there are 40 departments out of which the employees of 37 departments excluding the emergency service department like water works, fire brigade and solid waste are assigned the duty to recover property tax by 31st March.
While talking to the media, Banccha Nidhi Pani, Municipal Commissioner said that the authority hopes to achieve the set target of tax collection by 31st March and therefore, have embarked aggressively on our campaign.
As per the sources, approximately 2,000 employees from 37 departments along with 500 employees officials are working in a team mode to recover tax dues.
The RMC collected Rs. 35 lakh via cheques from 15 industries in Vavdi industrial area, while the Supad complex of Raiya chowk alone deposited the tax dues of Rs. 2 lakh when the officials of the Rajkot Municipal Corporation reached the site for sealing.
The team of officials collected Rs. 60 lakhs via cheque from the east zone and Rs. 15.46 lakh from the central zone and also sealed 11 properties. The RMC has kept the Soni Bazar of palace road, Divanpara and Kotharia Naka area on the radar from quite some time.
From the present fiscal year, the Rajkot Municipal Corporation introduced the carpet base tax. In the ongoing campaign, the tax collection is being done via old method. A total of 4.57 lakh properties are registered under RMC and 3.30 lakh out of these are the residential ones.
Under the tax collection campaign, the Civic body will collect tax dues of over one lakh commercial and 15,000 industrial units.