PMC Appoints New Panel To Resolve Water, Property Tax Cases

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) standing committee on Tuesday directed the civic administration to appoint a commission to resolve the pending cases with disputes on water tax and property tax.

The committee urged the administration to resolve the disputed cases before incurring two per cent tax on the dues of property tax. “The administration has assured of setting up the commission with immediate effect,” said Arvind Shinde, chairman of standing committee. There are pending dues of Rs 200 crore of water tax and Rs 75 crore of property tax with the civic body.

PMPML Plots In PCMC To Open For Commercial Property Use

PUNE: The general body of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has cleared the decks for commercial utilisation of land reserved for the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) depots and termini.

The GB has approved a resolution initiating changes in the development control (DC) rules, which is necessary to allow 2.5 floor space index (FSI) on these prime plots.

As per the resolution, only the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal ltd (PMPML) and the PCMC will be able to develop the plots, said Pimpri-Chinchwad mayor Yogesh Behl.

A short-notice proposal was tabled at the general body on Monday following a letter sent by Dilip Band, divisional commissioner and president and managing director of PMPML. Band said in the letter that the transport body was suffering huge losses and there was a need to increase its income from sources other than buses.

The letter further said that the bus depots in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad are located in prime locations. If 2.5 FSI is granted, depots can be developed on the ground floor while the three to four floors above can be used for parking; the portion above that will be developed on a build operate transfer (BOT) basis for commercial purpose.

“If 2.5 FSI is approved then funds can be generated to help the PMPML cover its losses. It would also mean better public transport in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad,” the proposal stated.

To get the FSI approved, changes will have to be made in the DC rules of the PCMC under provisions of section 37 of MRTP Act 1966. In case a site is situated in the bus rapid transit system (BRTS) zone then the premium and other rules which are applicable for the BRTS zone shall not be applicable for the bus stand/terminus/depot.

Satish Kulkarni, joint managing director of the PMPML, confirmed that the transport body has sought permission to commercially exploit all the plots reserved for bus termini/ depots and other purposes for the transport body within the PCMC limits.

A PMPML official said that all the properties and plots that were reserved for the erstwhile Pimpri Chinchwad municipal transport (PCMT) were owned by the PCMC. The PMPML has received possession of only three depots, namely Nigdi, Nehrunagar and Bhosari and one central workshop at Nigdi.

The PMPML had earlier sought possession of six plots in various parts of the municipal limits from the PCMC but the general body has kept the proposal pending.

PMC To Propose Appointment Of Arbitrator For Water/Property Disputes

PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is likely to come up with a proposal to appoint an arbitrator for settling cases related to property and water tax disputes.

The move assumes significance as there are nearly 350 disputed cases related to taxes and the total amount which is to be recovered is nearly Rs 280 crore. The cases have been pending in courts for many years. The issue came up for discussion at the standing committee on Tuesday.

Civic officials told the committee members that around Rs 210 crore dues pertain to water taxes while dues worth Rs 70 crore pertain to property taxes.

Senior committee member and corporator Ujjwal Keskar suggested that the municipal corporation should appoint an arbitrator to resolve the tax disputes. He also suggested that the municipal corporation should first announce an amnesty scheme for citizens to pay their tax dues. He pointed out that a few years back, when the corporation had announced an amnesty scheme for new property holders, nearly 14,000 property owners had come forward to pay their taxes. According to Keskar, the civic administration has agreed to both the suggestions and is likely to come out with a proposal next week for appointing an arbitrator.

Meanwhile, the committee deferred the hoardings policy tabled by municipal commissioner Mahesh Zagade. Civic officials told the meeting that there are a total 2,313 authorised advertisement hoardings in the city, but the number of unauthorised hoardings is over 5,000.

The committee also discussed the issue of taking action against jewellery shop owners who have not paid octroi on gold and silver since April this year. The administration stated that it had issued notices to the jewellers in this regard. The committee was informed that the new Rajiv Gandhi hospital in Yerawada will start functioning next month.

Meanwhile, committee chairman Arvind Shinde directed the PMPML to stop the CNG pump for autorickshaws at the Narveer Tanaji Wadi bus depot as the pump had been started without taking any prior permission from either the PMC or the PMPML board of directors.