Tribune News Service
Panipat, August 28
Unbelievable as it might sound, the Municipal Corporation Panipat (MCP) has not been sustaining data of any demand or assortment of property tax from 1.41 lakh properties underneath it for the previous 5 years.
Will take motion
We are reviewing the inquiry report by which no punitive motion has been talked about towards employees. We will provoke motion quickly. – Sushil Kumar, MCP Commissioner
Panipat tax dues
Amount: Rs 225 cr
With arrears mounting to Rs 225 crore, the MCP has now determined to organize a report of property tax since 2015. According to sources, 1,41,278 items are registered within the MC data, of which 43,059 are residential, 11,721 industrial, 3,453 industrial, 1,255 institutional and 29,894 vacant plots. Another 50,463 are registered as mixed-use and 1,430 as particular class items.
The MCP has to get better Rs 40 crore in property tax this fiscal (2020-21). This is along with Rs 225 crore pending for earlier years, say the sources. The MCP had set the goal of recovering Rs 33 crore final fiscal (2019-2000) however obtained solely Rs 7.42 crore.
Vaibhav Deswal, an RTI activist, stated he had sought particulars of properties that owed over Rs 10 lakh in tax. The MCP, in its reply, despatched particulars of 195 properties owing greater than Rs 150 crore. The largest defaulters have been a shopping center in ward No. 14 (owing Rs 19.16 crore) and one other in ward No. 13 (Rs 15.61 crore).
The anomaly within the data got here to gentle following an inquiry by then Joint Commissioner Gaurav Kumar into an alleged rip-off linked to property tax deposited to start with of August. It recommended that even the quantity collected or demanded was by no means audited by the MCP’s taxation department.
MCP Commissioner Sushil Kumar stated a young can be floated in a day or two to interact a non-public company to take care of the report.