Tribune News Service
Amritsar, October 16
The property tax wing of the Municipal Corporation (MC) was active on weekend too. The officials sealed 15 commercial establishments for the non-payment of property tax here on Saturday.
Seven out of 15 defaulters deposited the pending tax soon after their property was sealed, while eight properties are still sealed.
Commercial properties, which are doing a good business on prime locations of the city, are reluctant to pay tax. We don’t want to defame any brand by sealing its doors, but property owners should respond to our notices and pay due tax on their own. Daljit Singh, Nodal officer
On Saturday’s action, the MC sealed two prominent hotels including Khyber Intentional on Queen’s Road and Country Inn. The Country Inn management assured to pay the tax on Monday.
Apart from this, a famous makeup saloon and Hide Out bar was also sealed on Old Jail Road. Two showrooms in a shopping complex at Lawrence Road were sealed. A nationalised bank was also sealed but they paid pending tax amount on the spot. Some shops of goldsmiths were about to get sealed but with the assurance of local councillor, the action was postponed.
The property tax wing has sealed more than 80 commercial units, including several prominent hotels, restaurants, banks and brand showrooms, during the last one week. The MC has collected around Rs80 lakh from these establishments.
Daljit Singh, nodal officer for property tax, said the commercial properties, which are doing a good business on the prime locations of the city, are reluctant to pay the tax on their own. “We don’t want to defame any brand by sealing its doors, but the property owners should respond to our notices and pay the tax on their own,” he said.
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