By Accommodation Times News Service
In a move to simplify the payment procedures of property tax payments the municipal corporation has started sending bills in the name of the individual consumers instead of societies. The citizens will have the freedom of clearing their dues on their own without being dependent on their housing societies. The BMC is also planning to include an option to pay property tax bills on its mobile application MCGM 24X7.
The option, which is likely to go live in September, will enable the public to clear dues anytime from anywhere in the world. Activists have welcomed the move, terming it a win-win proposition for both the civic body and Mumbaikars.
“We took the decision to help residents pay their bills as per their convenience than the society paying it. We expect more timely payments from residents in such a case,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner Rajiv Jalota.
According to the BMC records, there are 2.72 lakh property-tax payers, including nearly 2 lakh societies. So far, the civic body has managed to issue separate bills in the names of about 65,000 residents. It plans to cover all property owners by next fiscal.
Civic activists said it was a long-standing demand on the part of many housing societies. They said if all is well amongst the members of a society, property tax bills are paid on time. However, in case of a dispute, some members stop paying maintenance bills thus putting pressure on other members.