90 prop­er­ties in Kalyan seized over non-pay­ment of tax

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sa­jana Nam­biar sa­jana.nam­biar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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