In a bid to augment revenue, Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has launched a drive against major property tax defaulters in the city. According to a KMC revenue department official, majority of the defaulters own commercial properties and each of them owes tax worth Rs 1 crore or more to the civic body.
The KMC assessment department has chosen 10 wards across central and south Kolkata as part of a three-month drive to mop up over Rs 100 crore from prime commercial properties.
The drive that had started on June 18 has yielded results. According to a KMC assessment department official, the civic body has already mopped up Rs 9 crore from a well-known property located on Middleton Street. The entire property (G + 18 storey building) was rented to several private and government offices. The dues had been pending for a decade. Promit Chatterjee, a deputy assessor-collector of the KMC assessment department, said that more prominent properties would be raided in the next two months to mop up the pending revenue. “We have formed several crack teams to take on the habitual property tax defaulters,” Chatterjee added.
As part of the drive, the KMC has been taking several steps to make the defaulters pay up the pending taxes. The civic authorities will first put up posters on the defaulters’ properties. In the next step, they will send distress warrants, asking the owners to pay the dues within a stipulated time. Failure to pay outstanding property tax on time, even after being served the distress warrant, will attract final punitive step, which will empower the civic body to auction the properties of the defaulters to realize the dues.
The KMC has planned to send distress warrants to many properties in the Central Business District (CBD), including in areas like U N Bramhachari Street, Camac Street, Chowringhee Road and Theatre Road. Besides, many properties in prime commercial areas like Park Circus, Ballygunge, Elgin Road, Bhowanipore and areas located off Eastern Metropolitan Bypass will also be raided as part of the stringent drive, said a KMC assessment department official.
Source: Times Of India