Nagpur: Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has initiated a unique way to bail it out of financial crunch as it has adopted a different way to recover crores of rupees in the form of property and water taxes.
NMC would take the procession to the homes and offices of big defaulters and beat drums to draw their attention towards huge chunk of water bills and property taxes piling on them.
The drive to be undertaken on Tuesday and Wednesday is the part of amnesty scheme, which NMC kickstarted on Monday. The amnesty scheme aims at giving an opportunity to the big defaulters to clear their property and water taxes The first day of scheme saw the recovery of Rs 76 lakh in the form of property tax.
This time NMC is rather serious in recovering the dues and would resort to ‘Gandhigiri’ to take on the major defaulters sitting on huge unpaid water and property taxes. Apart from beating drums, NMC officials would also present roses to the defaulters, requesting them to pay up or face action. The civic body would also lodge FIR against the defaulters in case of cheque bounce. NMC has also decided not to accept part payments from the defaulters.
Once the scheme ends on August 8, NMC would take to disconnecting water connections and confiscating properties against unpaid taxes.
Sources said that the government departments owing water and property taxes would be brought under book adjustment.
The drum beating exercise would be conducted in various zones across the city. Sources said the major defaulters on NMC radar are big names which include Empress Mall which owes Rs 2,60,60,980, Nagpur Housing and Kohinoor Coating (Rs 1924000), Hibiscus Restaurant (Rs 19 lakh), Countrywide Tours and Travels (Rs 16 lakh), Tata Realty (Rs 24 lakh), Prahlad Padole (Rs 1018000), Vijay Sakharkar ( Rs1498000), Harish Bhisikar (Rs 62700), Pramila Jain (Rs 2058000), Zulekha (Rs1280000), Vitthal Bhange (Rs 171000), Vidalramji Phulsunge (Rs 377000), Shrishar Rajge (Rs 49595),
Bindu Turkel (Rs 81433), Tamba Patil (Rs 69600), SG Hardas (Rs 33500), Vidarbha Palace (Rs 10516), Poonam Chambers (Rs 4081334) and many others.