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Over 800 govt buildings owe Chandigarh MC ₹84 crore in property tax

Chandigarh News : Over 800 buildings of Punjab, Haryana and central governments in Chandigarh, and even UT administration, are among the list of defaulters, who are being sent recovery notices with a two-week deadline.

Working to achieve the target of collecting 80 crore in property tax this year, the cash-strapped municipal corporation has another task cut out for itself — recovery of a whopping 84.54 crore dues from government buildings alone.

Over 800 buildings of Punjab, Haryana and central governments in Chandigarh, and even UT administration, are among the list of defaulters, who are being sent recovery notices with a two-week deadline.

Of the total dues, 26 crore are owed by 41 properties belonging to different institutions, such as Panjab University, PGIMER, Punjab Engineering College, ICSSR, and other government colleges and schools.

Guest houses in PU owe MC more than 1.21 crore. Similarly, the outstanding tax against different canteen buildings at PU is around 3.91 crore. The ICSSR building has 36 lakh dues against it.

Among other educational institutions, PGIMER has yet to clear around 8 crore in tax dues, Punjab Engineering College more than 2 crore, Government Arts College 9.65 lakh, Institute of Design 11.28 lakh and Government Model High School, Manimajra, 29.48 lakh.

Haryana’s mini-secretariat has a pending bill of 1.41 crore, Haryana’s printing press 30 lakh and Haryana Tax Tribunal 9.57 lakh.

At Punjab’s end, its mini-secretariat owes MC  83 lakh, Principal AG Audit Punjab Principal Accountant General (Audit) Punjab 20 lakh and Punjab Police Headquarters 4 lakh.

Among the institutions and agencies under the Union government, the Railway Station has failed to pay 2.32 crore in tax and TBRL building 18.5 lakh.

CBSE office’s tax arrears have piled up to 24 lakh, Survey of India office owes 14.8 lakh, BSNL 9 lakh, ITBP 7 lakh and DRDO Transit Facility 6 lakh.

Hospitality, entertainment and sports institutions on the defaulters’ list include Hotel Shivalikview, Taj hotel, James Plaza hotel, Tagore Theatre and Chandigarh Golf Club that alone has a massive pending bill of 10.9 crore.

MC depts also among defaulters

Even MC’s own departments are on the list of defaulters. MC has to collect 1.03 crore from its solid waste processing plant and 3 lakh from the chief engineer’s office, among others. The Chandigarh Smart City Ltd owes MC 4,137.

MC commissioner Anindita Mitra said, “MC has taken up a number of infrastructure projects for which it needs funds. A lot of city’s infrastructure like sewerage, storm water drainage, etc, are over four decades old and require major upgrade. Similarly, areas like solid waste management also require constant expansion and upgrade. Funds are crucial for other capital works also. It is the statutory obligation of these departments to pay their dues to MC to allow it to execute projects smoothly.”

She added that the dues against UT department had come down from the previous 35 crore to around 10 crore, which the administration had assured to pay within this financial year. “As far as government departments of other states are concerned, we are writing to the administrative departments to recover the dues,” she said.

Rebate for residential properties available till Aug 31

Of the total property tax target of 80 crore this year, MC has so far collected around 50 crore.

While the original deadline for payment of tax with 20% rebate was May 31, it was extended till August 31 for residential properties. For all other categories, the last date remained May 31. After the rebate period, the civic body imposes a penalty of 25%, along with 12% interest, on the tax dues, sans rebate.

“The list of defaulters among residential properties will be readied once the rebate period is over on August 31. Thereafter, we will issue notices and proceed as per provisions of the law,” said Mitra.

In the last fiscal (2021-2022), MC’s tax branch had collected over 70 crore in property tax against a target of 44 crore—an increase of more than three times since 2016, when the collections stood at 20 crore.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by GOVT.in staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)


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