City Beat: PMC Collects Rs 35 Cr Property Tax Post Demonitisation Drive [Video]

City Beat: PMC Collects Rs 35 Cr Property Tax Post Demonitisation Drive [Video]

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In what is seen as an impact of the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has collected Rs 35 crore in property tax collections. The civic body has been accepting the scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, allowing people to pay their dues. Nearly 15,000 people paid their property tax.  Interestingly, the PMC was also running a scheme, under which defaulters were offered 75 per cent discount on the penalty if paid before November 15, and a 50 per cent discount for the ones who pay between November 16 and December 31. For this, the civic body had also formed a team of 125 special tax inspectors that helped in recovering tax. This team comprised assistant chiefs and regional inspectors.

A positive move towards realising the Smart Cities Mission dream, Pune might soon get help from United Kingdom-based companies. Recently, the representatives of several companies, as many as 30 in number, along with senior UK government officials, attended a special workshop titled, Future Manufacturing and Innovation, in Pune. These UK-based companies operate in various smart city-related domains, including cloud-managed Wi-Fi, dynamic waste management, AI-based CCTV automation, big data analytics, integrated smart lighting control systems, cyber security, decision-making platforms, biogas purification plants, road health monitoring systems and IT-based products.

Now, a positive move for home buyers in Pune. You might soon not need any witness when you register your property. This will become a reality if the suggestion of the registration department to amend a provision of the Maharashtra Registration Rules 1961 is accepted. According to the inspector general of Registration and Controller of Stamps, nearly 90 per cent of the people in Maharashtra have Aadhaar numbers and matching their bio-metric information would be enough to complete the registration process. According to the existing rules, it is mandatory for the applicant to present two witnesses in front of the sub-registrar to verify the identity of the applicant.

Meanwhile, as many as 128 cooperative housing societies may soon face the heat of misuse of government land allotted to them decades ago. These societies, the highest number of 61 in Parvati area, were allotted 150 acres of government land. Now, the district administration will run a check on the use of this land and report any breach of terms and conditions. A 14-member team has been formed to carry out the drive.

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