Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has taken a decisive step towards streamlining property tax valuation for new properties in the city.
In a recent directive to the tax department, the corporation laid down a clear timeline for completing tax valuation. The properties where building use (BU) permission has been issues must be evaluated in 45 days, it asserted.
Jainik Vakil, chairman of AMC’s revenue committee, emphasized that any failure to adhere to the stipulated time frame would be met with strict consequences. The accountability has been placed on both the department and the officials responsible for carrying out the evaluation.
“Previously, there were delays in informing the tax department about properties granted BU permission, resulting in prolonged evaluation processes. To address this issue, AMC has directed the estate department to promptly inform the respective zone inspector within 10 days of issuing the BU permission,” he said.
The zone inspector will then be tasked with evaluating property tax, which can serve as valid proof of residence for the property owner. “This new approach aims to prevent disputes between buyers and builders regarding pending dues, as the initial bills will now be issued in the name of the property owner once the evaluation is completed, provided the registration is done,” said Vakil. To ensure efficiency in the system, the e-governance department has been instructed to promptly upload property tax bills for new properties into the system.
“Officials have been made aware that any delays or lapses in the process could lead to appropriate action being taken against them,” Vakil added.