Andheri West has the most no. buildings in Mumbai, generates max property tax

Inside-IIM
 By Accommodation Times Bureau
The land-starved Greater Mumbai has roughly 2.75 lakh authorized structures with the municipal ward of Andheri (West) emerging as the area with the largest number of buildings at 31,471, show statistics collated by TOI. This ward (K-West) also generated the highest property tax collection for the BMC at Rs 434 crore in the previous financial year of 2016-17.

“According to our estimate, there are around 18 lakh residential units and almost 10 lakh commercial and industrial units in the BMC’s jurisdiction between Colaba and Dahisar in the western suburbs and Mulund in the east,” said deputy municipal commissioner Bapu Pawar. These include the 34,500-odd housing societies and over 14,000 cessed buildings and chawls in the island city. This high density development, say housing experts, paints a scary scenario. The figures exclude slums, illegal buildings.

Data procured from the BMC’s assessment and collection department reveals the city’s built-up growth pattern and speed of development. Pawar said the buildings are identified since they pay property tax to the corporation.

After the abolition of octroi, property tax is now the highest revenue earner for the BMC, fetching the civic administration Rs 4,809 crore last year. The two municipal wards of Andheri (K East and K West) alone contributed a stupendous Rs 861 crore.

Bandra (East), which falls under the H-East Ward, is the second highest property tax zone for the BMC, which collected Rs 426 crore in 2016-17. The large collection is mainly from the commercial business district of Bandra Kurla Complex, where some of the biggest corporate names occupying gleaming, glass-façade office buildings pay Rs 25 to over Rs 30 a square foot a month as property tax. This is the highest rate in the city. This ward has 11,242 buildings, show BMC records.





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