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    Nagpur civic body seeks cyber cell help in property tax reduction scam

    NMC has filed a complaint with Nagpur police cyber cell and also suspended two employees of tax departments from Gandhibagh and Hanuman Nagar zones – Sanjay Khadgi and Gaurishankar Rahate, deputy municipal commissioner Milind Meshram informed the NMC general body on Thursday.
    NAGPUR: MLC and former mayor Pravin Datke exposed a scam by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) employees, who would reduce property tax in Dhantoli and Hanuman Nagar among other zones in the city.

    NMC has filed a complaint with Nagpur police cyber cell and also suspended two employees of tax departments from Gandhibagh and Hanuman Nagar zones – Sanjay Khadgi and Gaurishankar Rahate, deputy municipal commissioner Milind Meshram informed the NMC general body on Thursday.

    Datke exposed how Khadgi’s login and password was used to reduce Rs2.30 lakh property tax of a commercial establishment under Dhantoli zone to Rs70,000. However, Khadgi was posted in Gandhibagh zone. Khadgi had allegedly reduced the assessed tax even though the property owner had approached the high court against NMC.

    Similarly, Rahate too was involved in a similar scam, said Datke. Similar misappropriation was also unearthed in Dharampeth and Laxmi Nagar zones through user IDs and passwords of employees of other zones.

    “After the property tax department learnt about the misuse of user IDs and passwords for lowering assessed taxes, the NMC’s property tax department approached the Nagpur city police cyber cell and filed a complaint in this regard,” Meshram informed the House. Besides this, the department has also suspended Rahate and Khadgi in the case.












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      Nagpur: Co-operative registrar suspends Anandam Society's president, secretary & treasurer

      Arora, 76, had purchased a flat in the upmarket flat scheme in 2018. He got the order in his favour some 2.5 years after he filed a case with the joint registrar for cooperative housing societies.
      NAGPUR: The joint registrar of cooperatives has ordered a housing society to charge only Rs25,000 as transfer fee for a flat sale. Registrar RD Kausadikar also suspended the president, secretary and treasurer of ‘Anandam Tower-A Housing Society’, for allegedly harassing Charanjit Singh Arora and his wife, and forcing them to pay Rs1.74 lakh as transfer fee on purchasing a flat in their scheme.

      The registrar also declared the three office bearers ineligible for occupying any post till end of their tenure. They were charged with not complying with earlier orders of the deputy registrar, who also ruled in the flat owner’s favour.

      Arora, 76, had purchased a flat in the upmarket flat scheme in 2018. He got the order in his favour some 2.5 years after he filed a case with the joint registrar for cooperative housing societies.

      Arora, who did not appoint a lawyer for his case, told TOI such issues are rampant in housing societies, with many senior citizens harassed under one or the other pretext. He is now set on helping other citizens facing similar issues.

      Anandam Society president Rajendra Choudhari, however, termed the registrar’s order ‘faulty’, claiming Arora had failed to pay maintenance charges since 2018. “The charges were towards maintenance dues, and it was the collective decision of society members to stop their services for recovery, and not to allot them share certificates till then. Till date, he hasn’t paid the maintenance even after being directed by the registrar. We were surprised by the registrar’s order,” he told TOI, adding they will again approach Kausadikar with more proof.

      Arora had purchased Flat no. 1504 from builder Goldbricks Infrastructure Limited on August 13, 2018, with his retirement savings. It had been earlier allocated to Amit Agrawal, but the registry wasn’t completely, so it was sold to Arora. Four days later, the society issued him notice to pay Rs1.74 lakh as transfer fee. Even after he pointed out that he had purchased the flat directly from the builder, the society office-bearers rejected his claims and stopped his garbage collection and other services.

      Arora approached the deputy registrar’s office contending that transfer fee should either be 2.5% of the price or Rs25,000. In December, the deputy registrar directed the society not to charge more than Rs25,000 from the applicant. The society was also told to transfer the security deposit, corpus fund and other amounts in Arora’s name as early as possible and also enrol him in the members’ list.

      After the society failed to comply with the orders, Arora moved an application before the joint registrar, who summoned its office bearers on March 3. Their lawyer informed that the deputy registrar’s decision had been challenged in the high court.

      Kausadikar then sought the opinion of Nagpur District Cooperative Housing Societies Federation, which granted no objection for action against Anandam Society, since the latter wasn’t its member. Anandam Society also failed to produce any record of its claim that registrar’s order was challenged in the HC.

      Kausadikar then asked Arora to deposit maintenance charges with the society, which would not charge any transfer fee from him and restore all services to him available to other flat members.












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        Nagpur: 61% owners didn't pay property tax in 2020-21

        For 2020-21, the NMC had issued tax invoices to 7,31,420 property owners and calculated total property tax at Rs261.60 crore.
        NAGPUR: A total of 4,45,798 out of 7,31,420 property owners (61%) in the city did not pay a cumulative Rs135.98 crore municipal corporation tax in financial year 2020-21. Only 2,85,622 owners paid their property tax totalling to Rs114.46 crore.

        A senior official attributed this to Covid pandemic, which has severely affected financial condition of the people and it might have led to poor recovery of property tax.

        For 2020-21, the NMC had issued tax invoices to 7,31,420 property owners and calculated total property tax at Rs261.60 crore.

        The department’s data reveals that the biggest number of unpaid tax is from Laxmi Nagar zone where 45,138 property owners owe Rs23.16 crore to the NMC, followed by Mangalwari zone (52,454 property owners, Rs21.42 crore), Ashi Nagar (96,901 property owners, Rs19.92 crore), Dhantoli zone (10,755 property owners, Rs 6.74 crore).

        According to the data, the NMC had collected Rs241.23 crore property tax in the last fiscal. Of this, Rs114.46 crore was tax for 2020-21, while the remaining amount was arrears.

        Sources in the NMC’s accounts and finance department pointed out that the civic administration needs to strengthen property tax collection as it is the main source of revenue for the civic body.

        Sources also added that intervention by corporators too was responsible for mounting property tax arrears. “Many a times, elected representatives, including office-bearers in the civic body, succeed in preventing the civic administration from taking any punitive action, resulting in mounting of property tax dues,” admitted the senior official from the tax department, who did not wish to be named.

        With the civic body’s deteriorating financial situation, sources stressed that the reason for such a high outstanding revenue needs to be addressed urgently and stringent efforts should be made to reverse the trend of increasing arrears. According to the data, the NMC’s property tax arrears have already crossed Rs526.43 crore.

        Even the amnesty scheme launched in December, 2020, had evoked poor response. Around Rs400 crore property tax arrears were due from more than 3.73 lakh defaulters. Of which, only 50,548 property owners, who had defaulted on tax for years, had paid Rs43.88 crore dues.

        Sources pointed out that the NMC should adopt a two-pronged strategy to reduce such huge dues — focus on optimizing disposal in terms of numbers and allocate development funds on the basis of tax paid in every prabhag.











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          Nagpur civic body offers 10% rebate for paying property tax before June 30

          Meshram said the NMC will either refund the excess money or adjust the same in the next year’s (2022-23) tax bill of property owners who have paid the tax before the GB’s decision.
          NAGPUR: In a bid to attract more citizens to pay their property tax early, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has offered 10% rebate in the total tax amount to those who pay the dues before June 30.

          The decision to provide 10% rebate was taken at the May 31 general body meeting and those who have already paid the tax in advance (before the GB decision) will also be entitled to the benefit, said standing committee chairman Prakash Bhoyar and deputy municipal commissioner Milind Meshram on Tuesday.

          Meshram said the NMC will either refund the excess money or adjust the same in the next year’s (2022-23) tax bill of property owners who have paid the tax before the GB’s decision.

          Bhoyar said the NMC’s revenue from property tax collection was satisfactory in the first two months of the current financial year (2021-22).

          Against Rs9.22 crore property tax revenue generated in 2020-21, the NMC has received Rs19.5 crore in April and May this year, which is almost 112% increase, said Meshram.

          Around 38,000 property owners have paid property tax, which included 9,000 owners who had cleared their arrears.

          NMC yet to implement standing panel’s budget

          Bhoyar said municipal commissioner Radhakrishnan B has not yet implemented the standing committee’s budget even after a fortnight. He was, however, quick to say that the civic chief will implement the budget within a couple of days as the delay was due to some clerical mistake.

          “The ruling BJP has approached former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis for getting back Rs58 crore deducted from the NMC’s GST grant of April month,” said Bhoyar.

          The state government had revised the GST grant this financial year and the NMC should get Rs108 crore per month. However, in April, the NMC had received only Rs50 crore, while it had received Rs108 crore each in May and June.









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            Nagpur civic body takes action against only 337 out of 1,348 illegal buildings

            The zonal offices have acted against 337 property owners, who have either violated sanctioned plan or constructed without seeking permission from the NMC’s town planning department, while 731 such property owners have escaped action so far.
            NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has identified 1,348 unauthorised constructions in the city. Assistant municipal commissioners of all 10 zones have issued notices to all such property owners — both residential and commercial — under relevant sections of the MRTP Act.

            After conducting a survey to identify unauthorised structures, all 10 zones have submitted the report to the NMC’s anti-encroachment department for further action.

            The zonal offices have acted against 337 property owners, who have either violated sanctioned plan or constructed without seeking permission from the NMC’s town planning department, while 731 such property owners have escaped action so far. Of the remaining, 90 property owners have approached the court, while 60 have submitted revised sanction plan and 125 have moved the state urban development department in Mumbai to get their illegal structures regularized.

            As per the survey, Laxmi Nagar zone accounted for the highest number of illegal structures at 288, while Ashi Nagar zone 286, Gandhibagh 177, Mangalwari 167, Dharampeth 143, Satranjipura 78 and Dhantoli zone 65 (for list of all 10 zones please see box).

            Gandhibagh, Dharampeth and Mangalwari zones have a huge chunk of illegal commercial structures, the survey revealed.

            Though the state government had in December 2020 implemented unified development control and promotion regulations (DCR) paving way for regularizing illegal constructions, it received poor response. Only 60 property owners — mostly from Laxmi Nagar (15) and Ashi Nagar (19) — got their illegal constructions regularized by paying the requisite fee and penalty.

            Most unauthorized buildings have been constructed trampling on the prevailing DCR and dusting off all construction criteria due to political patronage and disregard to the town planning department, sources alleged.

            Apart from bending FSI rules, in most cases unauthorized constructions were found violating the sanctioned plans. Therefore, it is impossible to redevelop these buildings as per rules, once they are in disrepair.

            “The unified DCR provides an increased FSI required for redevelopment and paves the way for providing a secure shelter to the beneficiaries of illegal constructions,” said an official from the civic body.

            A senior official claimed the civic body will launch a special drive against illegal properties soon.








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