Pune Real Estate: Move To Double-Tax Errant Properties In PCMC Shot Down
(DNA, Nov 24, 2010)
The standing committee of the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) on Tuesday rejected the civic body’s proposal of charging double property tax from those who have undertaken illegal constructions.
The civic administration had tabled the proposal before the standing committee for the approval. Now, the general body will take the final decision.
PCMC standing committee president Prashant Shitole told media persons that although the state government has issued guidelines to municipal corporations for charging double penalty for illegal constructions, the proposal has exposed the weakness of civic administration.
“If the proposal is allowed to be implemented, there would be tremendous resentment among citizens,’’ he said.
There were 14,000 illegal constructions in the PCMC limits after 2008, said PCMC assistant commissioner and property tax department head, Shahaji Pawar.
There are approximately 3 lakh property holders in the PCMC limits. The civic officials said they did not have the exact data of illegal structures in the city, but the civic body will soon start collecting information about illegal structures in the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation and Pimpri-Chinchwad New Town Development Authority limits also.
They said nearly 93,000 property tax holders did not complete the legal formalities of their properties, including submission of completion certificates to the PCMC.
Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces