Civic body fails to re­cover R6 crore tax

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - IN & AROUND -

De­spite giv­ing sev­eral ad­ver­tise­ments in the me­dia in 2011 for paying the prop­erty tax, the tax branch of the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion has failed to re­cover tax from the de­fault­ers amount­ing to Rs 6 crore in 2011-2012.

Be­sides, the MC is col­lect­ing tax from the build­ings un­der the sur­vey con­ducted by Pun­jab En­gi­neer­ing Col­lege in 2004. No new sur­vey has been con­ducted for the past eight years, while many new com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments have come up.

Speak­ing to HT, chair­man of the house tax com­mit­tee Sat Parkash Aggarwal said, “We have failed to un­der­stand why the MC has failed to re­cover the prop­erty tax amount­ing to Rs 6 crore last year. They only col­lected Rs 13 crore in­stead of Rs 19 crore. They are only col­lect­ing tax from com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments un­der the sur­vey con­ducted in 2004. Many new com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments have come up in the past eight years and they have not even hired an agency to con­duct a fresh sur­vey.”

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