By Accommodation Times Bureau
The unification of villages into Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits is going
to make the civic body rich and prosper. If recovered properly, property tax from
these villages alone would add Rs 15 crore to PMC’s chests per annum.
In July, the state had accepted the merger of Uruli-Devachi and Phursungi with
PMC, along with the complete fusion of nine other villages that were put partially
under the civic limits in 1997.
The government nodded its final approval last week. The remaining 23 villages
would be merged over the next three years in a phased manner, depending on the
availability of water, garbage disposal planning and connectivity.
"There are likely to be around 12,000 properties in these villages that will fall
within the ambit of property tax. As per the preliminary assessments, PMC will
gain around Rs 15 crore from these properties if the tax is collected properly," said
sources from the PMC.
The Haveli Taluka Nagrik Kruti Samiti, which is a body of representatives from 34
villages, has been seeking a merger with the PMC. Shreerang Chavan, the Haveli
Taluka Nagrik Kruti Samiti convenor, said property assessment has already started.
Municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar said the decision on tax collection can be
taken based on state government directives. "The discussions on what facilities the
PMC is providing and how tax can be charged will have to be carried out with the
state official. If the urban development department orders us to charge the tax, we
can do so," he said.