TMC col­lects 27% higher prop­erty tax than last year

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - STATE - Naveeta Singh S_­[email protected]­

THANE: The Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion’s (TMC) ac­tion to seal prop­er­ties have helped them gain net 27 per cent higher prop­erty tax col­lec­tion till now com­pared to last year. The civic body is hope­ful of reach­ing its Rs 550 crore target by March end this fis­cal year.

Ev­ery Jan­uary the TMC starts its drive to re­cover prop­erty tax dues from cit­i­zens in Thane. “But this year due to to up­com­ing gen­eral elec­tions we started our col­lec­tion drive from Au­gust 2018 it­self,” said Om­prakash Divte, deputy com­mis­sioner, prop­erty tax de­part­ment, TMC.

This early plan­ning have helped them net Rs 410 crores of the an­nual target of Rs 550 crores for the fi­nan­cial year 2018-2019. “We have re­cov­ered 27 per cent more dues com­pared to last year’s Rs 320 crores in Fe­bru­ary 2018,” he added.

What has led to this re­sult is the fact that the TMC fo­cused on re­cov­er­ing dues and ar­rears from tax de­fault­ers with their ag­gres­sive strat­egy. “We would wait for three days af­ter the de­fault­ers re­ceived the bill. And if they failed to pay up then we would just at­tach and seal their prop­er­ties,” he added.

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