Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has clamped down on property taxdefaulters by sealing commercial establishments as well as educational institutions for ignoring notices over pending dues.
The civic body initiated the tax recovery drive on Wednesday and the same will continue till the end of this month, only to be resumed after the festive season, said a civic official, adding the crackdown is helping in recovery of dues.
Major tax defaulters in zones 1, 6 and 7 are having sleepless nights after the civic body initiated the tax recovery drive.
Mahavir Patni, the head of tax recovery department of zone 7, on Friday said that the drive started in his zone with the sealing of RP Nath High School in Renukanagar. The school failed to pay Rs 33,000 outstanding property tax dues. Tax inspector Ramesh More and recovery staff Jitendra Borde, Sunil Shejul and Anil Pujari initiated the sealing of the instition.
In zone 1, Physical Education College on the PES College premises and two shops in Diamond Hall, Buddilane, were sealed on the same day while Rs 2 lakh were recovered from Shiveshwar Mandap under the leadership of ward officer Bhalchandra Paithane.
During the process, the team from zone 1 managed to recover a total of Rs 3.15 lakh from six properties. The AMC also sealed Khalsa Mangal Karyalaya for non-payment of tax which came to a tally of Rs 1.8 lakh.
On Thursday, action was initiated in zones 1, 6 and 7 which saw Charles Srisundar Ded College in Nandanwan Colony being sealed for outstanding property tax of Rs 13.14 lakh.
In N-3 Cidco area, Navalbhau Sant Mira High School and Navalbhau Pratishthan Law College were sealed under the supervision of Subhash Mote for the non-payment of property tax. Several commercial establishments prevented the sealing by clearing their dues in part or full.
On Friday, the AMC squads, headed by respective ward officers, took action against 10 properties. Three properties, including that of Padegaon’s Navnath Kisan Muley (Rs 1.1 lakh dues), Fulchandra Tupe (Rs 5 lakh) and Seema Mhaske in Zone 3 (Rs 1.3 lakh outstanding), were sealed.
Patni said that squads visiting the said premises is helping the AMC recover the pending taxes. He said that all these people have been issued notices earlier. This action is taken after they did not respond to the notices. The drive would continue until September 1 and will get the remaining zones to cooperate by initiating recovery drive.
Some actions were also taken in Zone 9 but no sealing of properties were reported. Patni added that the drive will resume after the festive season is over.
Source: ET Realty
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