Nagpur: The cash-starved Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is undertaking a massive survey of buildings, open lands, pucca houses, temporary houses, mobile towers, hoardings, marriage halls, hotels, petrol pumps, hospitals etc from tomorrow (February 17) under new property tax assessment system. Since the year 2000, no survey was done to assess the properties coming under the limits of NMC.
Beginning with the pilot project, around 10000 properties under Dhantoli and Ashinagar Zones would be surveyed from tomorrow (February 17) that is expected to continue for two and half months. After three months, the tax on these properties will be assessed with new system and demand notes will be issued.
The City of Nagpur has approximately six lakh properties. The work of survey was given to M/s Cybertech Systems and Softwatre Ltd on 6.11.2015. A two-member teams of the company will scan the areas and survey the properties by door-to-door visits. The data collected will be handed over to the Property Tax Department. The NMC has started issuing to notices to property-owners informing them about the survey. If objections are to be lodged, it is to be done within 15 days. After the deadline, demand notes will be served.
Property Tax and Valuation Committee Chairman Girish Deshmukh said that those not paying the property tax within the stipulated period, an additional two percent cess will be levied per month. Till July-August 2015, the propert-holders have been served with demand notes on the basis of old system. According to the new system, those paying less amount of tax will served new additional demand notes and those paying over and above amount then the extra amount will be adjusted in the next demand notes.
According to Deshmukh, a ‘part-payment’ system is in force in NMC. From November 2, 2015, 10000 property owners have been served with demand notes under new system. At present, those residing on rentals have been asked to pay 25 percent of tax amount in comparison with demand notes served last year.
Deshmukh further said that dues of Property Tax pending in the year 2015-16 stood at Rs 76.02 crore. Out of which Rs 48 crore have been recovered. In the current year, out of Rs 150 crore demand notes an amount of Rs 82 crore has been recovered. The figure could touch Rs 200 crore till the March 2016.
The firm M/s Cybertech Systems and Softwatre Ltd has to complete the entire survey of all properties within two years, mandatorily.
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