90 properties in Kalyan seized over non-payment of tax
KALYAN: The Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) has undertaken a massive drive to make citizens pay pending taxes to the civic body.
KDMC commissioner E Ravendiran, in an attempt to increase the civic body’s income, has decided to first target tax defaulters. He has asked each of its wards officials to form a team to recover property and water tax pending since September 2015.
The corporation has seized 90 properties from across KDMC whose tax has not been paid for several years. Of the Rs23.6 crore in pending taxes, the civic body has collected Rs1.54 crore.
“Taxes are a major source of income for the civic body, therefore we decided to enforce strict action. The civic body is planning several developmental projects for which funds are required,” said E Ravendiran, KDMC commissioner.
The H ward of KDMC has sealed eight of the 90 properties. While A,B, D and F wards have sent a proposal to the KDMC’s town planning department to stop construction work on 23 properties.
This week, the civic body’s water department also removed 16 water connections because of non-payment of water tax. The KDMC has removed 288 such connections since September last year. The KDMC has also collected Rs8.68 crore in water tax from the railways and only Rs77 lakh remains pending as of now. “The drive will continue unless the civic body recovers the entire pending tax. We are appealing to the residents of Kalyan-Dombivli to not delay tax payment,” said Prasad Thakur, KDMC assistant PRO.