NAVI MUMBAI: The civic administration, in a bid to boost property tax recovery, sealed properties on Tuesday, which have failed to pay the taxes repeatedly. Accordingly, 23 properties, owing property tax to the tune of 60.94 crore, were seized across the city.
In a meeting called on Monday, ward officers were instructed to commence sealing of properties owing over Rs 1 crore as tax. This is the first time that the process was initiated simultaneously by all the ward offices. Of the Rs 595 crore to be recovered for the current fiscal, the property tax department has reportedly recovered almost Rs 475 crore. The action comes after property tax department served notices to 830 defaulters, asking them to pay up by December 31, 2016.
“There are many property owners, who have been consistent defaulters. Reminders and 48-hour notices were issued but they failed to comply,” said additional municipal commissioner Ankush Chavan.
Majority of the attached properties are commercial in nature, with most coming in MIDC region. Maximum attachments (4 each) were in Koparkhairane, Turbhe and Digha wards, followed by Belapur and Ghansoli (3 each). Similar action will be taken against defaulters under residential category too, said officials.
Meanwhile, the Small Scale Entrepreneurs’ Association (SSEA) will seek Supreme Court’s intervention. “NMMC demand for property tax from MIDC region has already been challenged by the Association and two stays are in place by the Supreme Court. NMMC was asked not to take coercive action. Property sealing in MIDC area is a violation and will be brought to the court’s notice,” said the joint secretary, SSEA, Raja Bhujle. The process of attaching property will continue, said civic officials.
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