The biggest property tax defaulters are government departments, higher educational institutions and wings of the UT administration in the city.
As many as 100 establishments owe Rs 84.55 crore to the municipal corporation (MC). Punjab and Haryana government buildings have to pay Rs 48.60 crore, institutional buildings Rs 26.65 crore and the engineering department of the UT administration Rs 9.29 crore.
Panjab University (PU) is on top of the list. It has not paid Rs 22 crore. PGI comes next with Rs 12 crore. The Chandigarh Golf Club owes Rs 10 crore. Punjab Engineering College (PEC) has to deposit Rs 2.5 crore. The Haryana mini-secretariat has to pay Rs 1.41 crore, Punjab mini-secretariat Rs 83.41 lakh and CRPF Rs 73.73 lakh.
After checking its records and data, the civic body has sent notices to 40 out of the 100 defaulters. They have been told to pay up soon or be ready to face consequences.
Sources said in some cases, special letters have been sent to senior officers of Punjab and Haryana to deposit the tax.
The civic body had received Rs 54.11 crore tax in the five months from April to August 31, when the rebate period ended. Out of the total amount, Rs 37.44 crore came from commercial properties and the rest Rs 15.77 crore from residential category.