Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CBD BE­LA­PUR: The mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion has ini­ti­ated a crack­down on tax defaulters in the city.

In a spe­cial tax re­cov­ery drive against defaulters, 485 lo­cal body tax (LBT) de­fault­ing busi­ness­men and traders’ bank ac­counts have been at­tached. Be­sides, 1,371 prop­erty tax defaulters have been served le­gal notices to pay their dues within two days and pre­vi­ous ar­rears within a pe­riod of eight days.

Deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Umesh Wagh who is lead­ing the drive said, “Lo­cal body tax and prop­erty tax are the two main sources of NMMC to pro­vide civic ameni­ties and ser­vices to res­i­dents and hence are very cru­cial for the city. The civic com­mis­sioner has or­dered that all ar­rears be cleared at the ear­li­est to help pro­vide funds for the devel­op­ment of the city.”

The NMMC has col­lected an Rs213 crore in LBT ar­rears from April 1 to June 16. “This is a con­sid­er­able in­crease of Rs114 crore com­pared to Rs99 crore col­lec­tion dur­ing the same pe­riod last year,” said Wagh.

He said, “Rs126 crore-prop­erty tax has been re­cov­ered form April 1 to June 16. It is an in­crease of Rs 46 crore from last year’s Rs80 crore tax col­lected dur­ing the same pe­riod.”

Wagh said, “More such drives will be con­ducted against tax evaders in the com­ing days and le­gal ac­tion will be taken.”

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