THE Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is struggling to recover outstanding property tax dues from the controversial Adarsh housing society in Colaba, South Mumbai.
Officials from the Assessment and Collection department of the BMC said the total outstanding property tax of the society since April 2010 is Rs 1.65 crore that includes the bills sent for the year 2016-17 earlier this month.
“We have levied property tax on the plot and not on the building since it does not have an occupation certificate (OC). So, in the absence of an OC, we could not assess the entire building to levy property tax,” said an official from the department, adding that the building must have an OC to levy tax on the entire building.
In the last week of April, the High Court ordered the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to demolish the 31-storey Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society.
After allegations of corruption, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority revoked the building’s OC on October 30, 2010. Subsequently, BEST disconnected electricity supply on October 31, 2010, and the civic body discontinued water supply on November 2, 2010.
Meanwhile, the society has refused to pay the dues saying it was not using any civic services. “The property is under litigation and now facing demolition. We are not using any civic services such as water, electricity, etc. The entire building is unoccupied. So, we have asked the civic body not to levy property tax,” said RC Thakur, secretary of Adarsh society.