The East Municipal Corporation has put together a list of property tax offenders this year and the bill amounts to over Rs 86 crore. This sum is from just 11 of the lakhs of property tax payers under the jurisdiction of the East corporation. Ten of these are government agencies.
Chairman of the standing committee B B Tyagi said penal action will be taken against those who fail to pay up by March 31.
The corporations have repeatedly stated that as they are the smallest governing body in the city, they are “shot down” by government agencies and, hence, their revenue collection suffers. The civic body is planning to go a step ahead from showcause notices to collect taxes. Officials also said if the amount available does not match the corporations’ requirement, the organisation’s properties could be attached by the corporation.
The East corporation has a monthly salary bill of Rs 170 crore. If property tax dues are cleared, officials said it could help the MCD provide salaries on time. “Despite sending notices to them, these organisations have not paid their property tax so far,” Tyagi said.
Officials said the biggest defaulter so far is the Eastern Railway, which owes Rs 67 crore in property tax. It is followed by Department of Post which owes Rs 9 crore.