Published On : Wed, Jan 2nd, 2019

Property Tax blues: NMC recovers Rs 140 crore only as against target of Rs 509 crore

Nagpur: In the first meeting of New Year, the Standing Committee of Nagpur Municipal Corporation on Wednesday accorded administrative approval to proposals worth Rs 25 crore and Rs 20 crore worth of tender proposals. The meeting decided that the regular meeting at Municipal Commissioner level would be held for the next 80 days for the purpose of recovery of Rs 4 crore daily. This was informed by Chairman of the Standing Committee Virendra Kukreja while talking to media persons after the meeting.

Kukreja further said that the Standing Committee has recommended distribution of funds in accordance with the demands of all Corporators. He advised the Corporators to be active positively regarding their proposals. “One lakh LED bulbs will be installed across the city by May 2019. In January, 23000 LED lights will be installed while in February the number will be 18000. Similarly, 20000 LED bulbs each will be installed in March, April and May,” Kukreja said.

Expressing his disappointment over dismal recovery of Property Tax, Kukreja said that the target was fixed at Rs 509 crore but only Rs 140 crore have been recovered till now. Rs 2.40 crore are being recovered on daily basis. Looking to the dreadful scenario, a high level meeting with Municipal Commissioner will be convened for increasing the daily recovery to Rs 4 crore in the next 80 days. Those with apathetic and irresponsible attitude will be dealt with sternly. The pending dues stood at Rs 300 crore but only Rs 33 crore could be recovered.

The NMC has been information that total 6,30,000 properties existed in city. Out of this, demand notices of 4,53,000 property holders have been prepared and demand notices to 3,53,000 property holders have been issued. A legal team would be formed to look into the property matters pending in courts. The properties of those owners who are not coming forward are being seized. Citizens affected from immense hike in property tax will get relief on case-to-case basis. Meanwhile, NMC is using maximum staff for the recovery from property tax, Kukreja said.

Kukreja further said that the Market Department has prepared demand notices worth Rs 13.75 crore and the civic body will earn Rs 4.21 crore once the demand notices are distributed. “I have directed the department to draw a plan for recovery of total target and deal with defaulters with legal consultations.

NMC will release Rs 11 crore to Maha Metro to start construction of a Metro Mall coming up n Orange City Street near Metro Station at Radisson Blu Hotel. Recently, Maha Metro and NMC had signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding construction of a Metro Mall at this spot near Jaiprakash Nagar Metro Railway Station. The bhoomipujan of the project will be performed at the hands of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari on January 19, the Standing Committee Chairman said.

He said currently Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has fixed deposits worth Rs 800 crore and it has to pay Rs 1900 crore as well. The NIT has contributed Rs 200 crore in Nagpur Metro project.