Newly-elected corporators of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Wednesday unanimously passed the proposal of no tax hike for the current financial year,while calling for changes in the functioning of various departments involved in revenue collection of the civic body.
The special general body on the tax proposal was called on Wednesday wherein corporators from across the party-lines participated in the discussion and applauded the no hike proposal of the Mahesh Pathak-led PMC administration.
We are making use of the latest technology for improving revenue collections. Several initiatives are being taken up to improve the tax collection and curb evasion, Commissioner Pathak said.
He also said that the civic administration would soon start using radio frequency chips to keep track of vehicles that procure escort passes for entering the PMC administered areas and ensure they do not stay within city limits for more than three hours. The move,he said,was based on complaints of octroi evasion by vehicles. There are around 10,000 vehicles that procure escort passes from PMC for passage through PMC limits.
Similarly,the suggestion of installing CCTV on all octroi check posts would be implemented so that every vehicle gets registered the moment it enters the city,he said.
He said the civic administration would soon start implementing the decision of PMC general body that empower the civic staff from visiting the traders and checking their account books to ensure there is no tax evasion.
Pathak said the property tax on structures used by the IT sector are less than the commercial rate,but more than the residential rate. More properties are coming up in the city and it will boost revenue, he added.
Corporators of all parties had earlier sought more octroi staff and intensifying action against those evading octroi. Several properties in the city do not have required permissions and are not in the ambit of property tax. The civic administration should seek public participation in identifying such properties that are not in the ambit of property tax, they said. The corporators have also sought action against civic staff involved in the illegal practice.