For those who have yet not paid their property tax, the civic body has given them yet another chance to clear pending dues. The rebate scheme for property tax dues has been extended for 21 days.
The standing committee meeting of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), held on Thursday, took the decision in the presence of standing committee chairman Bhupendra Patel.
The scheme, which began on January 1 this year, was about to end on January 31. But with the decision on extension, the rebate scheme will now be on till February 21.
The scheme, in one month, has generated an income of Rs38 crore and 46,000 owners came forward during the scheme period to avail the benefits of the scheme.
With this, the total income of AMC for the current financial year (after including income from property tax) comes to Rs405 crore. The scheme is launched by civic body every year to recover property tax during the end of financial year.
According to the scheme, the defaulter will get 100% rebate on the interest amount if the property is a chaal or a slum. Other properties will get 50% rebate under the scheme. It can be recalled that last year the scheme was extended till March 31.
Moreover, the committee also approved the proposal of carrying out the renovation and beautification of Tagore hall, situated in Paldi area of the city. The renovation of the hall will be carried out at a cost of Rs9.75 crore by contractor PC Snehal Constructions.
The meet postponed decision on drafting six TP schemes with 40% land deduction in the green-belt area. The proposal was included under ‘Emergency proposals’ which was postponed for next committee. It should be noted that the state government has decided to deduct only 40% land, while preparing TP scheme as against earlier decision of 50% land deduction.
The opposition party has raised objection on why the proposal has been included in agenda so late. Opposing the move, leader of opposition, Badruddin Shaikh said: “The Supreme Court had in 2012 ordered to carry out 40% land deduction. Why is there a delay then in bringing this agenda in the standing committee?”
He further said that many areas like Ambawadi, Vasna, Sabarmati, Nava Vadaj and Naranpura have seen a rise in constructions in one year and hence it will be difficult for the civic body to declare them as greenbelt area.