‘Defaulting industrialists to face action’
Municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe has warned of stern action against industrialists who do not clear their tax dues. He has said he will take enforcement action if required.
The Small Scale Entrepreneurs Association (SSEA) had recently announed that its members will not pay taxes to NMMC till a final decision is made by the Supreme Court on the issue.
Mundhe said, “Their basic contention is that NMMC has no authority over them. They had moved high court on this point which in 2010 said that NMMC is the local local body and that they will have to pay.”
He added, “They appealed to the Supreme court which has not given any stay till date and so I do not have to stop collecting taxes.”
Mundhe said, “I understand that despite the HC order of 2010, there was a general body resolution through which they were given some six months amnesty to pay.”
According to Mundhe the issue has been going on for 15 years. “All I am saying is pay now. If SC rules in their favour, they will get a refund. It should have been implemented earlier.”
Mundhe said, “Pay arrears or else your bank account will be seized, then debtors attached, then property will be seized and auctioned. I have started with the first step of seizing their account. If they do not comply, I will go on to the debtors and their property.”