The property tax department of Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has netted property tax worth Rs 416 crore for the year 2015-2016. PCMC officials said that they have achieved the target set for the department.
PCMC assistant municipal commissioner Bhanudas Gaikwad said on Sunday that the actual target was Rs 517 crore which included tax and penalty from illegal constructions. “Otherwise, the target from legal properties was Rs 416 crore which we have achieved,” he said.
Officials said that the issue of illegal constructions was being decided by the state government, and therefore they were waiting for a final decision in connection with the tax and penalty. Civic officials said that there were 3.31 lakh property tax holders and 15,000 additional property holders paid their taxes online compared to 2014-15.
Gaikwad said that his department had conducted a drive to seize properties of citizens for recovery of arrears in March. “We had first sent notices to the defaulters to clear their arrears. After the notices were sent, 115 properties paid Rs 3.88 crore.”
Gaikwad said that over 29,000 property holders who held unauthorised constructions were covered under the amnesty scheme announced by his department. “As many as 29,505 property holders availed the amnesty scheme. It helped us get Rs 57.37 crore. A concession of Rs 3.49 crore was given to them,” he said.
PCMC officials said that property tax bills for 2016-17 will be sent from Monday. The tax department urged citizens to pay the entire property tax in advance till June 30, and get a concession of 10% in the general tax.
Meanwhile, the PCMC civic administration has proposed five new projects worth Rs 3,200 crore under the Union government’s Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (Amrut). The projects include a deer park in Talawade, round-the-clock water for 60% of the area and storm water drainage for the city. Civic officials said that Municipal Commissioner Rajeev Jadhav will take a decision in this regard.
Officials said that for the Amrut project, the PCMC will have to raise 50% of the funds, while the Union Urban Development Ministry and the state government will share 33.33% and 16.67% respectively. PCMC has proposed projects for lifting 167 MLD water from the Bhama Askhed dam, 100 MLD water from Andra dam and constructions of water treatment plants costing Rs 1,000 crore, officials said.
Civic activists said that the PCMC has been promising 24X7 water for more than 10 years. “But the plan has remained a non-starter. Citizens don’t understand why they keep making the promise,” said activist Deepak Pardeshi.
Civic officials said that their plans to provide enough water to Pimpri-Chinchwad has been hit hard after the water pipeline plan from Pavana dam ran into trouble four years back. “Since the closed pipeline plan has been stuck due to protests by farmers, our plans for providing sufficient quantity of water to citizens remains stuck,” a senior official said.