Acting tough against property tax defaulters, the Mohali Municipal Corporation (MC) will start sealing the buildings of the defaulters from May 2.
There are nearly 4,000 property tax defaulters in the city. All the arrangements for the sealing drive have been made by the MC after serving the fresh notices to the defaulters, said MC officials.
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The officials told Chandigarh Newsline that they had collected more than Rs 20 crore as property tax till March 31 and identified around 4,000 property tax defaulters, who owe the corporation tax to the tune of Rs 10 crore.
The MC had issued fresh notices to all the defaulters this month and also told them that if they fail to pay the tax the buildings will be sealed.
Municipal Commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta said they would start the drive and he has directed the officials regarding this. He added that they issued the fresh notices to all the defaulters and now the final action will be taken.
“We had already took up the issue in the house meeting in March 31, the defaulters were given the last chance to pay the tax but now the action is needed as it is a financial loss to MC,” said the Gupta.
Replying to a question about the police department which is also defaulter, the Commissioner said that they can not close the buildings but they have written a letter to the higher authorities for the payment of the tax.
The Commissioner also added that they also encountered a problem as many people who owns More than one property have paid the tax for only one. He said that they have made a list of such people and now these people will also be targeted in the drive.
For convenience of residents, the civic body in January this year had launched a mobile phone application enabling residents to pay property tax through their smartphones. The application can be downloaded and using their unique identification number (UID), people can access all records pertaining to their property. For the service, the MC roped in a private bank.