To achieve its target of generating revenue of Rs 300 crore by the end of this financial year, Indore Municipal Corporation is now devising various strategies. The civic body has now decided to go after the property tax defaulters (2.14 tax defaulters), who ignored surcharge waiver on clearing the dues at the National Lok Adalat held on Saturday.
According to official records the IMC has about 4.01 lakh registered property account holders. With four months of this financial year remaining the civic body has so far managed to recover only about Rs 120 crore. This leaves a shortfall in revenue to the tune of Rs 180 crore.
“We have prepared a list of defaulters and notices will soon be issued them to clear their dues and to refrain from the action of publishing their names in newspapers and seizing the properties” said IMC deputy commissioner and revenue in charge Abhay Rajangawkar.
He is also pinning his hopes on the recovery from the newly inducted areas.
Rajangawkar expressed confidence on achieving a portion of revenue target from the payments expected from the 29 villages that were recently included under IMC’s limit.
“Taxes levied on the residents of these villages for carrying out development works will help us to achieve the target” said Rajangawkar.
Damp Lok Adalat: Only about 3,500 out of about 2.14 property tax defaulters cleared their dues generating total revenue of around Rs 4 crores. Some defaulters have also issued cheques worth about Rs 25 lakh, which are yet to be cleared.
IMC had offered a 100 % surcharge waiver for the property owners having dues up to Rs 50,000 while 50% discount on surcharge was there for the people having dues from Rs 50,001 up to Rs 1lakh.
A 25% surcharge waiver was there for property owners clearing their dues above Rs 1lakh in the Adalat.