The Mohali Municipal Corporation (MC) has failed to trace the owners of more than 200 properties in the city which is posing a hindrance in collecting property tax. The MC has asked Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) to provide the details of these properties. The civic body will soon initiate a drive to seal the ‘unidentified’ properties. Sources at the corporation told Chandigarh Newsline that they had hired a private company to conduct a survey of the properties in the city and they found 270 properties, mostly residential, lying closed. And interestingly, there are no details of the owners.
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“First we tried to locate the owners but found that these properties had been re-sold many times and there is no record of the present owner. It is very strange that most of the properties are residential properties,” said an official.
The official also said that some of the owners have settled abroad, but in most of the cases, neither the MC nor GMADA has the records which is a problem. The official added that they have sent a list of these properties to GMADA and asked them to provide the records to the
MC so that notice for collecting property tax could be sent to the owners.
“The strange thing is that even GMADA does not have the records of the owners of these properties. Now, we have pasted the notices outside these properties and we will wait for around a month and then initiate a drive to seal all these properties,” said an official on condition of anonymity.
MC commissioner Rajesh Dhiman was not available for comment. Mayor Kulwant Singh said he would take it up with GMADA and ask the officials to identify the owners.
The officials also said that around Rs 5 crore was still pending against the defaulters of property tax in the last two years and they have sent notice to the owners last month.