Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service
Amritsar, August 3
The message is loud and clear — either pay your property tax dues or face sealing.
The Municipal Corporation on Tuesday sealed six properties of defaulters, whose cheques were dishonoured. MC Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi gave the ultimatum to defaulters, whose payment cheques were dishonoured — to pay the pending tax till July 31 otherwise be ready to face the music.
According to information, there were around 30 property owners whose cheques were dishonoured in the past months.
The superintendents of the property tax wing visited the property and recovered the amount from the defaulters but six of them did not deposit it.
Malwinder Singh Jaggi said: “We sealed six buildings on Tuesday. Other defaulters deposited tax along with the penalty. We urge residents to get the benefit of rebate of tax payment and deposit the tax before September 30. Strict action will be taken against defaulters. Sealing drives would be conducted for the recovery of tax.”
Secretary Daljit Singh said despite serving several notices, defaulters were not paying the pending amount. Today, a team comprising Davinder Singh Babar, Sunil Bhatia, Jaswinder Singh, Pushpinder Singh along with a police team visited several markets and sealed six commercial establishments.
MC Commissioner Jaggi had instructed officials and superintendents of property tax to focus on commercial buildings and assure 100 per cent tax recovery on July 23. The notices are being issued 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.
“We have targeted to double the recovery amount of property tax as compared to last year. We will seal maximum properties to achieve the target,” Jaggi said.
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