Updated: January 31, 2021 8:37:18 pm
EVEN as action against tax defaulting properties of Padma awardee Girish Prabhune has been stayed, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) seem determined to seize properties of other people who owe the civic body more than Rs 25 lakh in property tax. There are as many as 325 properties, each owing more than Rs 25 lakh property tax to the PCMC.
“In all, there are at least 325 properties in big default. Each of them owes the civic body more than Rs 25 lakh in property tax. If they don’t pay the amount, we are going to seal their properties,” said PCMC assistant municipal commissioner Smita Zagade.
Civic officials said there are around 5.27 lakh properties in Pimpri-Chinchwad. These include 4.47 lakh residential properties, 46,800 commercial and 3,700 industrial properties. Besides, there are around 8,700 empty spaces, 15,800 belong to mixed category and 5,200 other properties. “We assess the tax on them annually. Hundreds of them have not paid taxes. Despite sending notices, they do not respond. As a result, we have to undertake sealing of their properties,” an official said.
Zagade said they have been sending notices to defaulters who owe from Rs 25,000 to Rs 25 lakh. “They are given seven days’ time. If within seven days they don’t respond, we are forced to seal their properties,” she said.
Meanwhile, Zagade said a decision regarding Padma awardee Prabhune whose two properties owe Rs 3 crore to the civic body will be taken only after Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar returns from leave. “I have discussed the issue with Additional Municipal Commissioner Ajit Pawar… As of now, we will not take any action until the civic chief returns,” she said.
Hardikar had told this paper on Saturday that the notice issued to Prabhune was as per the laid down procedure.
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