Rajkot city residents made beelines to various ward offices and civic centres of the Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) and paid tax dues worth Rs 6.51 crore — the biggest single day collection — as the civic body started accepting demonitised Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes on Thursday.
The government had opened a one-day window for residents of all the eight municipal corporation areas to deposit their tax dues using old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. Long queues were seen at ward offices and civic centres of the RMC since morning. By 7 pm, the civic body collected Rs 6.51 crore tax and the centres remained open till Friday midnight. The scheme has now been extended till November 14. “Our vigilance staff is maintaining order and ensuring safety of people at our centres with the help of police,” said Rajkot municipal commissioner Banchhanidhi Pani.