: The civic body has issued a notice to Nashik city Congress committee for defaulting on property tax worth Rs22.39 lakh for its office on the MG Road. The civic body has also issued a 21-day ultimatum, failing to which the property will be seized.
Last year too, the NMC had sent a seizure notice to Congress committee for defaulting on property tax amounting to Rs27 lakh, following which office-bearers of the party had collected funds and paid around Rs6 lakh.
“We have started taking action against those who have defaulted on property tax of over Rs50,000. We sent them final notices to pay the property tax dues, but they did not clear their dues. Now, we have given them an ultimatum of 21 days to pay the dues or face the seizure of their properties,” an NMC official said.
“We have also slapped seizure notices to the city Congress committee office for defaulting on payment. Last year, they made a partially made a payment of Rs6 lakh, but did not pay the whole amount,” he added.
When contacted, Nashik city president of Congress Sharad Aher said the party had made some property tax payment last year.
“We tried to settle the tax issue with the municipal corporation and had a meeting with the then municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe in this connection, but he was transferred all of a sudden. Thereafter, we did not have any meeting with the new municipal commissioner,” Aher said.
“We have been given an ultimatum of 21 days to pay the dues and we still have 12 days. We will discuss the issue with the party office-bearers and clear the dues,” he added.
With just 16 days left for the end of the current financial year, the NMC has started taking action for recovering property tax from the defaulters. The NMC has set a property tax collection target of Rs150 crore and so far has managed to collect Rs105 crore.