To ensure builders do not evade property tax,the state government is considering making them pay three years property taxes in advance before granting them building permissions.
Replying to a question in the Assembly on Monday,Minister of State for Urban Development Bhaskar Jadhav said large amounts of property tax are pending from private developers as well as from government agencies such as the Slum Rehabilitation Authority,Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority and Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority. Some of these sums have been pending for several years so I cannot give a time-frame of when they will be recovered. But the government plans to pull up the state agencies that are defaulting, Jadhav said.
Leader of the Opposition in Assembly Eknath Khadse said residents of cooperative societies,for which the builders have not paid the necessary taxes before handing over the premises,are being burdened for the recovery of the pending amount. He alleged that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has been sending notices since mid-March to cooperative societies asking them to clear the pending property tax within eight days,failing which their water supply would be severed and properties would be put up for sale.
Khadse cited the example of Shri Sai Usha Complex Cooperative Housing Society in Bhandup (West). The society has been paying tax ever since it was registered,however,the BMC last month sent a notice to it for the recovery of the pending property tax,which the builder,Shri Sai Construction,was supposed to pay,Khade said. Replying to a question about rise in the number of dilapidated buildings and unauthorised structures in the Mira-Bhayander region,Jadhav said the state government would appoint a committee to take a decision on the redevelopment process for dilapidated buildings in this region and there would be a decision on the policy within three months.