City Beat: Relief On Cards For Unauthorisied Property Owners In Pune [Video]
Relief is on cards for those living in unauthorised properties across cities in Maharashtra as the state government has decided to reduce the penalty levied on such properties. Currently, those living in unauthorised properties have to pay about two to three times the tax as a penalty. Under a new government scheme, civic authorities will have the right to do the calculation and thus the penalty amount would go down significantly. Pune Municipal Corporation officials expect that the scheme would benefit a large number of people in the city, and also help the body keep a check on revenue losses.
According to media reports, the Pune district collector has sent notices to 60 leaseholders for violating the lease norms. Most of these leaseholders are educational and charitable institutions, occupying prime government land. These defaulters leased the government land three to four decades ago, and have failed to renew the lease agreement. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis-led Maharashtra government recently reviewed the lease norms and is likely to increase the lease charges for government land. The amount of penalty for defaulters may also go up.
Meanwhile, Pune Municipal Corporation corporates have given a thumbs down to the body's proposal of offering five per cent discount on e-payments of property tax. The municipal body has offered the discount to promote cashless transactions after high-value denominations were banned by the Central government on November 8. The scheme was also aimed at increasing the revenue of the municipal body. According to media reports, under the scheme, the PMC had proposed that tax payers will be able to avail of the discount on making payments through online channels such as credit cards.