Pune: People grab last chance, rush to pay property taxes

PMC, PCMC call Centre’s decision to demonetise Rs 500, 1,000 notes a boon.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Updated: November 12, 2016 12:19 am
Demonetisation, Utility bills, Demonetisation utility bills, household bills, With PMC agreeing to accept Rs500 and Rs1,000 notes, it gave an opportunity to people to clear the civic dues with old notes. A major rush was witnessed on Friday. (Express Photo by Arul Horizon)

THE decision of the Union government to abolish Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes so as to check the black money has come as a boon to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. The PMC property tax department received Rs 32.67 crore of revenue from its defaulters within a day it was allowed to accept the abolished notes from citizens. A day before the government decision, the PMC had a collection of mere Rs 1.41 crore made by 399 citizens. Similarly, the PCMC collected Rs 6 crore property tax till Friday evening.

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“There has been a tremendous response from citizens to pay their property tax dues after the PMC was allowed to accept the abolished notes from citizens. The collection has been around Rs 30 crore in a day,” said Suhas Mapari, incharge of PMC property tax department. After the government directions allowing civic bodies to accept the abolished notes, he said the PMC sent messages through SMS and e-mails to all its defaulters. “The property tax department opened all its 72 counters in the 26 citizen facilitation centre across city since 8 am. The citizens took the opportunity to settle their dues and long queue was witness at all the centres,” Mapari said. By 5 pm, around 7,758 defaulters deposited Rs 21.58 crore of property tax. “The cash deposit was the main contribution in the property tax collection,” he said adding the PMC had received collection of Rs 1.41 crore on November 8 before the union government decision.

PCMC officials said there was rush of people to pay property tax. “We collected Rs 6 crore by Friday evening,” officials said.

Meanwhile, the PMC informed that the legal redressal camp has been organised on Saturday for an out of court settlment on cases pertaining to property tax of PMC. “We have issued notices to 2,640 citizens having dues of Rs 253 crore to make use of the camp to settle dispute,” Mapari said.