In the past two weeks, the property tax department has sealed properties and collected Rs4.5 crore tax dues from establishments. The officials in the property tax department of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) claimed that they were targeting establishments having over Rs1 lakh property tax dues.
“Despite repeated appeals and notices, some establishments have not paid the property tax dues. Now, we have decided to take strict action against the erring establishments. Initial target will be properties with huge tax dues. Then we will target the individual establishments,” the official said.
Recently, properties in Shivajinagar, Dhanakawdi, Kondhwa and Bibvewadi were sealed for the non-payment of taxes. The department has prepared an area-wise list of establishments with tax dues and the local officers have been asked to visit the properties to collect the dues.
The property tax department of PMC had been facing difficulties to meet the tax collection target in the current fiscal. As per the data, in the first eight months of the 2017-18 financial year, the department was not able to reach even 50% of the total target of Rs1,816 crore.
Until December 13, the department was able to collect Rs829.91 crore tax. The administration now faces an uphill task to collect over Rs1,014 crore property tax in the next four months.
The Civic chief Kunal Kumar had earlier told the department to make an all-out effort to meet the target. The property tax forms a crucial revenue source for the civic administration. The tax collected is utilized for civic services like the construction of roads and drainage lines, among others.