Panchkula, May 2
The local Municipal Corporation has decided to seal several government buildings including Gymkhana Club, Red Bishop Complex, Haryana Government Press Building, Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) office, Department of electricity in sector 6 and the private sector. Hotel Holiday Inn properties and the Ansal Group building for non-payment of property taxes. In total, the property tax defaulters owe about Rs 100 crore to the civic body.
In a Revenue and Achievement Committee meeting which lasted about three hours, Mayor Kulbhushan Goyal also passed sealing orders for defaulting showrooms (with pending dues exceeding Rs 5 lakh) in sectors 11 and 16.
He also warned of action against affected officials if the civic body fails to meet its property tax collection target for the 2022-23 fiscal year.
In 2021-22, the MC had managed to collect around Rs 11 crore against a target of Rs 25 crore. In recent years, the MC has not been able to make the expected profits, including the collection of property tax, which is its main source of income.
For the financial year 2022-23, the MC again hopes to earn Rs 25 crore from property tax. The mayor has ordered a private agency, Yashi Consultancy Private Ltd of Jaipur, to rectify irregularities in the property tax investigation. Chandigarh Tribune had recently pointed out that residents were receiving erroneous property tax notices from the MC. Anomalies such as incorrect name, area, and floor information forced residents to wait in long lines at the Sector 12-A MC center to be rectified.
MC will crack failing telecom operators
The MC decided to crack down on telecommunications companies for not having paid their dues relating to the laying of fiber cables and the installation of mobile towers.
The MC managed to recoup only Rs 44 lakh from the telecom companies of April, while dues are around Rs 100 crore. The public company BSNL is one of the defaulters.
On the issue of the Shalimar Mall, the mayor ordered relevant officials to conduct a “remeasurement” in 10 days.
Expressing his displeasure with the state of public and mobile toilets, the mayor issued instructions to stop contractor payments.