PUNE: The controversy over the alleged illegal construction of Wanowrie based Inamdar hospital continues. The standing committee of Pune Municipal Corporation on Tuesday decided to collect thrice the regular amount of property tax from the hospital with regards to the illegal construction of the hospital.
The building of the hospital at Wanowrie was stung by controversy when the civic administration stated that though they had permission to construct seven floors, the hospital administration constructed a building of 12 floors, and the committee that set up the PMC also found that the administration is using the additional floors for commercial purposes.
After the committee's report on Inamdar hospital, elected members from various political parties criticised the civic administration for safeguarding the interest of the hospital management. The members claimed that there is a provision to collect thrice the regular amount of property taxon the condition that the illegal construction is being used by the property holder for commercial purposes. However the civic administration charged regular property tax to the hospital management.
After growing criticisms by the members of standing committee, Hemant Nikam, head of the property tax department of PMC stated that the property tax imposed on Inamdar hospital, as per the regular charges is due to human error. Since the property tax department charged regular tax to the hospital, the Inamdar hospital paid only Rs 96 lakhs in the month of May.
Bapu Karne, chairman of the standing committee of PMC said, " The property tax department has been asked to submit a report on how regular tax has been imposed on Inamdar hospital instead of charging three times the tax amount. The standing committee has also taken a decision of collecting thrice the regular tax amount from the hospital.