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Property tax hike: Residents mob office; Pune Cantonment Board officials keep them waiting for two hours

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 - 6:42am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Unhappy with Pune Cantonment Board’s decision of hiking property tax, agitated residents of the Camp area mobbed the PCB office in protest on Tuesday. These residents had gathered at the PCB office to meet the officials, but they were left fuming as the officials arrived nearly two-hours later than the scheduled meeting time.
  • Pune-Cantonment-board-meeting The discussion in the meeting soon heated up with residents protesting property tax hike Shashank Sane dna

Pune: On March 11, dna had reported about notices stating annual rateable value (i.e. the annual rent, a building actually fetches or is likely to fetch if rented out) that has been revised being sent to residents in the PCB area. In some areas, rates have been increased by up to five times, which ultimately reflect in the area’s property tax. 

Agitated by the board’s decision, a group of residents called on the PCB officials, and a meeting was fixed at 10 am on Tuesday. On the allotted time, nearly 250 residents from various parts of the camp area had gathered at PCB office. However, citizens alleged that none of the PCB official turned up for the meeting for nearly two hours.

Speaking to dna, Mohan Bhawkar, resident of Panchratna Housing Society at Bhairoba Nullah said, “ We reached in the office at 10am, but shockingly the CEO, Nagireddy, was not present in the office. We kept waiting for officials for more than two hours.”

Jaykumar Thandani, a resident of Fatminagar said, “ For this important meeting, we had postponed our work, but even after waiting in the office for so long, we still have not got answers to our questions. PCB is not providing enough facilities, then why should we pay more tax.”

When contacted Subhash Kadam, superintendent of accounts department, he said, “CEO Nagireddy had an meeting regarding elections, due to which he could not come for the meeting in time. He has apologised for arriving late, and later he heard all their grievances.”

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