Sealing notices to 500 building owners over Rs 20-crore tax dues

Sealing notices to 500 building owners over Rs 20-crore tax dues

The building of Municipal Corporation, Rohtak. Tribune Photo

Ravinder Saini

Tribune News Service

Rohtak, November 21

The Municipal Corporation Rohtak has served sealing notices to owners of 500 buildings for not paying property tax despite repeated requests. They have been asked to deposit the tax before November 24 or face action.

The authorities have also written to the Deputy Commissioner urging him to appoint Duty Magistrates and the Superintendent of Police to provide police force for carrying out the sealing operation from November 24.

Sources said property tax of more than Rs 20 crore was due on the owners of these buildings. Earlier, show cause notices were also issued to them to clear their dues by October 31 but they didn’t pay any heed.

“This is the first phase of the sealing operation under which notices have been issued to those building owners who are supposed to deposit over Rs 1 lakh property tax. All preparations have been made to initiate the operation from November 24. All such buildings will be sealed randomly as they have been given ample chance to clear the dues,” said Municipal Corporation Rohtak Commissioner Pradeep Godara.

Godara said under the second phase, sealing notices would be served on those against whom property tax between Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh was due. Show cause notices had already been issued to them for not paying property tax, he added.

Zonal Taxation Officer Jagdish Chander said all these building owners were top defaulters against whom the arrear of property tax for more than one year was also due. Besides, a total of Rs 21 crore was also to be paid by the government departments. The Haryana Shahri Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) was to pay property tax of more than Rs 2 crore, he said.

Police force sought for sealing op

The authorities have also written to the Deputy Commissioner urging him to appoint Duty Magistrates and the Superintendent of Police to provide police force for carrying out the sealing operation from November 24

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