Days after it sent a final notice to Shalimar Estates for its pending dues of over Rs 6.8 crore, the Panchkula Municipal Corporation (MC) has sent notices to as many as eleven more defaulters to recover pending dues of over Rs 7 lakh, here on Saturday.
“After we got the survey done from a private company, we have now been able to identify the defaulters who have pending dues from several lakhs to crores. We have sent notices to at least 11 such defaulters with dues above Rs 7 lakh and directed them to deposit the amount at the earliest,” said Executive Officer (EO), O P Sihag. Shalimar Estates who had set up a mall in Sector 5, which is currently shut down, has not paid property tax for the past years, despite notices being sent every year. “The Corporation has not been able to collect taxes despite notices and it calls for strict legal action. We had given the contract to a firm which has conducted the survey across all MC limits, rural and urban,” said Mayor Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia. Among the 11 defaulters are owners of petrol pumps in Sector 5, Indraprasth Builders and other commercial units whose pending dues vary from Rs 7 lakh to Rs 11 lakh.
The civic body is in the process of preparing a list of defaulters with dues above Rs 50,000 and notices will be sent to them in the next 15 days. “They will be given ten days to deposit the amount,” said Sihag.
The MC had decided to collect property tax from 2010, however it has failed to maintain any data of the amount collected so far through banks and the number of defaulters.
This had also led to uproar in the last few civic body meetings, following which a firm was given the contract to conduct a survey.
At present, property tax is charged as per the plot size of the house(in square yards) and the civic body has authorised selected banks where residents can deposit the amount.