Property tax: Amritsar MC officials told to focus on commercial buildings

Aug 15 set as deadline to serve notices

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 23

Municipal Corporation Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi conducted a review meeting with officials and superintendents of property tax and instructed them to focus on commercial buildings and assure 100% tax recovery.

The MC Commissioner asked to issue notices to all industrial units, banks/ATMs, corporate offices multinational company offices, brand stores, hotels/guest house, hospital/nursing homes, private educational institutes, marriage palaces, automobile agencies, mobile towers, shopping malls, and boards/corporation offices till August 15. Jaggi asked the officials and employees to pull up the shocks to achieve the recovery targets otherwise face the music. Taking strict action on dishonored cheques, Jaggi asked superintendents concerned to recover the amount or seal the buildings.

“The recovery of tax is very low and I assure that the targets must be achieved. We will seal the building and take strict actions”, said Jaggi.

The commissioner also instructed to conduct scrutiny of all the commercial properties and assured the recovery of pending tax.

A large number of major commercial firms, mills and marriage palaces are taking advantage of location as they lies on the boundary of the MC jurisdiction. The MC Commissioner asked to monitor all the industrial units, firms and marriage palaces and assure the recovery of tax.

Notably, the MC has set the target to collect Rs42.5 crore as property tax this year. The Property Tax Wing of the MC never achieved the recovery targets during past years. The notices and sealing of a few buildings proved eyewash. It is the first time in the past several years, when MC officials are making efforts in July for recovery of tax.

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