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- 348 property owners in Nagpur earning tax benefits from green initiatives As per NMC rules, the civic body offers discount for residential properties in general tax component of property tax for implementing environment-friendly measures.Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | September 09, 2017, 18:30 IST
NAGPUR: Over 300 property owners have applied to get a rebate in property tax from Nagpur Municipal Corporation(NMC) for having taken eco-friendly initiatives (rainwater harvesting, solar power generation, and vermiculture) on their premises.
A survey by NMC’s property tax department shows that 267 property owners have given a written declaration that they have adopted solar power projects and sought rebates in general tax, while 53 residents have implemented rainwater harvesting systems, and 13 property owners have set up vermiculture compost pits on their premises.
Speaking to TOI, a senior official from NMC’s property tax department claimed many residents have already started availing 5% rebate in their general tax under rainwater harvesting projects.
As per NMC rules, the civic body offers discount for residential properties in general tax component of property tax for implementing environment-friendly measures. A 5% discount is given for taking up one initiative, and 10% discount for implementing more than one environment-friendly measure.
According to the survey, the use of solar energy has got the response in Nehru Nagar zone, with 154 new properties adopting the system. It is followed by Dhantoli zone, where 68 property owners have installed solar energy system.
Property owners from Laxmi Nagar zone top the list of rainwater harvesting projects. As many as 18 residents have implemented rainwater harvesting systems on their premises. The use of solar energy too has taken off in the zone with 26 residents generating power in their homes.
Since 2008, NMC has been appealing to citizens to implement rainwater harvesting on their residential premises, highlighting the importance of effective use and conservation of water. However, rainwater harvesting has failed to pick up in the city, with only 68 new properties taking it up. “Rainwater harvesting helps increase groundwater level, but does not ensure its use for the same property,” said a civic official.
On the other hand, implementation of solar energy project is expensive, but it provides immediate benefit to the property owner, who can use it to reduce his electricity use, the official said, so the response under this category is high.
Only 19 properties in the city have started waste water recycling plants. “The poor response to recycling waste water is due to high expenditure required for it and lack of direct returns from it,” said the officer.
- Property tax assessment in Nagpur moving at a snail’s pace NMC now hopes to complete the remaining work in three months. As a result, the tax department has extended the deadline of the private agency to complete the survey by December endProshun Chakraborty | TNN | September 28, 2017, 17:30 IST
NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s property assessment survey in the city is going on at a snail’s pace. So far, it has completed only 45.77% of the ‘geo-enabled’ survey to automate its entire property tax assessment function.
The NMC had entrusted the job to a private firm — M/s Cybertech Systems and Software Ltd — in 2015 for the door-to-door assessment of properties and deadline for the firm was of two years.
NMC now hopes to complete the remaining work in three months. As a result, the tax department has extended the deadline of the private agency to complete the survey by December end.
Even after six months of the current fiscal, the NMC has failed to generate invoices for the current fiscal and this delay would hit its property tax revenue collection target of Rs392.19 crore.
Sources in NMC’s property tax department said that there are around 5.31 lakh properties in 10 zones in the city and through Cybertech Systems the NMC is doing its Geographic Information System (GIS) base mapping to increase its revenue and to calibrate the identified unassessed properties.
Since 2000, no survey was done to assess the properties under the NMC limits, said sources. For any civic body, one of the major sources of revenue is its property tax collection. To get the correct revenue realization, GIS-based technologies and applications would be extremely effective as it was also implemented by Pune Municipal Corporationand it had helped to increase its property tax collection manifold.
Till September 25, the firm has completed survey of 2.43 lakh properties and identified 74,075 new properties. The zonal offices have approved 2,06,286 units of total 3,93,687 units in 2,43,289 properties. However, the zones offices’ have rejected surveys of around 81,127 units for various reasons like incomplete data, wrong address etc.
According to data procured from the NMC, the firm has not even achieved 50% of the target in eight zones. Its poor performance can be gauged from the fact that in Satranjipura and Gandhibagh zones, it has completed only 9.82% and 12.73% of its target of 34,031 and 24,906 properties. So far it has finished assessments of 3,714 and 4,574 properties in these two zones, the data report stated.
It has achieved almost 90% of its target in two zones — Nehru Nagar and Ashi Nagar by completing surveys of 50,471 and 63,537 properties and approved of 50,210 and 62,657 units, respectively. It is a major question that how the firm would finish the assessment in three months.
- Nagpur Improvement Trust starts work on affordable housing scheme NIT chairman Deepak Mhaisekar told TOI that work had commenced on affordable housing project in WathodaAshish Roy | TNN | October 10, 2017, 17:00 IST
NAGPUR: Seven months after chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union transport minister Nitin Gadkariannounced affordable housing for the city, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has begun work on the project.
NIT chairman Deepak Mhaisekar told TOI that work had commenced on affordable housing project in Wathoda. “We are constructing 264 flats for economically weaker section (EWS). Excavation is going on. As groundwater level is very high, we are dewatering the land,” he said.
On prices of the flats, the chairman said that there was some ambiguity on goods and services tax (GST) rate. “It will be either 12% or 18%. Once this is clear, we will announce the price of the flats,” he added.
On other projects, Mhaisekar said that the detailed project report (DPR) of Tarodi Buzurg (Umred Road) would be examined by the urban development department (UDD) this week. “Once it is clear, we will float the tenders. The DPR for Tarodi Khurd has been received recently. We will send it to state government for approval. A total 4,600 EWS flats will be constructed under these three projects,” he said.
NIT also plans to construct low income group (LIG) flats at Wanjri. “This is for families whose income is between Rs3 and Rs6 lakh per annum. The DPR is being prepared. A flat will cost around Rs12 lakh. At this stage we do not intend to construct middle income group (MIG) flats,” the chairman said.
NIT has received 16,000 online applications under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). “We will construct houses for all the applicants. If more land is required, we will demarcate more for plots in our land,” he said.
Mhaisekar further said that he would hold a loan fair for affordable housing beneficiaries. “We will invite bankers to this fair. They will guide the applicants regarding the process to obtain a bank loan. These fairs will be organized after Diwali,” he added.
- Property tax in Nagpur rises by 2-5 times in new system NAGPUR: Here is some shocks for Nagpurians in store. If the revaluation of property tax, which started last year, is anything to go by, people of the Orange City have to cough up property tax two to five times more than the present one, and in some cases it can go up to even 10 times.
Now, it will be a big challenge for Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and its officials to tackle the public outcry when the demand notes of the hiked property tax will reach to all six lakh taxpayers.
Launching the new property tax system, the NMC office-bearers had claimed that tax amount will not increase by 25%. TOI had time and again reported about the chances of steep hike in property tax in the new system. One of the major reasons behind the hike is that the new system is based on ready reckoner value of properties.
The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) started the new tax system five years ago but the revaluation drive of properties started last year. The drive has so far covered around 4.3 lakh properties out of total six lakh.
According a data, a copy of which is with TOI, the NMC property tax department has completed a lengthy process and prepared demand notes of around 2.23 lakh properties. The process to distribute demand notes has been started about a couple of days back.
As per data of around 2.23 lakh properties, the property tax amount has increased by two to five times from the existing amount. The NMC is expected to complete the revaluation drive by November and distribute demand notes to all six lakh taxpayers by December end.
NMC official from property tax department told TOI that the tax amount had been finalized after making assessment register public, and also ensuring suggestions and objections from taxpayers. “Assessment register has been prepared for the first time in the civic body’s history. The process has been adopted to maintain transparency. Each and every details of the properties have been captured in camera and also taken on the records,” he said.
The official further said the tax of the properties located in old localities have increased to a great extent. “Major reason behind hike in the tax is assessment of excess area. Changes like increase in built-up area, user change, tenant occupancy etc have been witnessed in large number of properties,” he said.
TOI has taken an example of Jailward-5, covering Takiya basti to Congress Nagar to Chunabhatti. There are total 6,271 properties in this ward of which analysis on 5,532 properties have been done. Property tax has increased to Rs3.17 crore from Rs1.46 crore in this ward. Tax of Rs1.23 crore has increased following finding of excess area of 75,171 sq.mt area. Tenant occupancy has been find in 668 properties, while 356 properties were not under property tax ambit. So tax of Rs19.90 lakh recovered from these new units.
- Nagpur civic body ignores blatant violation of building norms by electronics mall NMC has rejected occupancy certificate to the building but did not take any further action even though building has been brought in use.Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | Updated: October 23, 2017, 18:13 IST
NAGPUR: Taori Marketing, a firm selling appliances and electronics goods, has blatantly violated building norms at its new electronic mall opened at Khare Townlast month. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has rejected occupancy certificate to the building but did not take any further action even though building has been brought in use.
Local MP and Union minister Nitin Gadkari had inaugurated the mall on September 21. The building— basement parking, ground+mezzanine-4 floor— has been constructed on 662.50 sq.mtr plot.
NMC town planning and fire and emergency services departments records say Taori Marketing got revised building plan on September 18. The firm was then supposed to make revision in construction already carried out. Surprisingly, the building stocked with all types of electronic items and internal decorations was brought into operation on September 21. It proves construction was already done well before sanction of revised plan.
The basement parking is being utilized for storing goods. Vehicles coming to the mall are made to park on the road. The ground floor is sanctioned for commercial purpose and os also being utilized as such. Mezzanine floor has been sanctioned as store, 1st floor has sanction for residential kitchen along with servants’ toilet, 2nd floor is sanctioned for residential family hall, 3rd floor is meant to be guest room and study room. All of these floords are being used for commercial purpose.
Sanction for 4th floor is for a small bedroom and open terrace. There is no open terrace and entire floor is being used for commercial purpose. The firm has also erected a tin shed covering rear margin. During TOI’s visit to the building last week, electronic goods were being unloaded from a truck parked on internal public road.
Taori Marketing applied for occupancy certificate with the NMC town planning department on September 18. The application was pending with the department when the building was brought into use. On October 9, the department rejected the application citing various violations. However, no notice for unauthorized construction and usage was issued. The firm is also yet to get compliance certificate from NMC’s fire and emergency services department.
A town planning department official told TOI they did not have power to issue notices for unauthorized constructions and usages. “Zone office is the authority for identifying and taking action against violations,” he said. Very conveniently, the department did not inform about violations to Dharampeth Zone office.
A Dharampeth zone official Taori Marketing has been asked to clear goods from basement parking and start parking of vehicles. “We asked the company to submit copy of building plan. Action will be taken once we study the plan,” he said.
Fire department officials also assured of action in case of violations.
Santosh Taori, one of the owners, denied there was any violation in the building. “We asked for occupancy certificate but have not been given till date. Application for fire compliance has also been submitted. We opened the building in a hurry basis so we stored goods in basement parking and are utilizing top two floors for commercial purposes. Transfer of development right (TDR) has been taken to make everything legal. We will ensure no violation in the building,” he said.
- Many govt bodies on list of property tax defaulters: Nagpur civic body Municipal commissioner Ashwin Mudgal admitted that the NMC is going slow against property tax defaulters, but justified the delay citing the lengthy process to auction propertiesTNN | October 25, 2017, 18:30 IST
NAGPUR: The cash-strapped Nagpur Municipal Corporation(NMC) is going slow on auctioning properties of 1.48 lakh defaulters, who owe the civic body over Rs200 crore.
Municipal commissioner Ashwin Mudgal admitted that the NMC is going slow against property tax defaulters, but justified the delay citing the lengthy process to auction properties. He said the NMC has identified 150 properties of defaulters and the process to auction them is in final stages.
On Tuesday, Mudgal and additional municipal commissioner Ravindra Kumbhare convened a review meeting on property tax recovery, which was attended by officials of the property tax department and assistant municipal commissioners.
To a query, the civic chief admitted that many government organisations are on the list of defaulters and claimed that the NMC is following up with them for recovery of property tax. He also clarified that the civic chief has the power to waive penal interest up to 90% on property tax of defaulters.
Sources in the property tax department too confirmed poor recovery from defaulters. So far, of the 10 zones, only Hanuman Nagar zone has calculated offset value of 16 property owners who have defaulted property tax to the tune of Rs 12,12,540. “Now, the NMC will advertise offset value of the properties of these defaulters to recover the outstanding amount,” sources said.
Sources blamed the slow progress in even completing the process of attaching and auctioning properties of tax defaulters due to apathetic attitude of the zones’ assistant commissioners.
Citing an example, sources said around 33,664 property owners have defaulted property tax in Ashi Nagar zone. But the zone officials attached only 69 properties. Similar is the situation in other zones. In all, the zones have so far attached only 511 properties.
Senior corporator Abha Pande blamed the ruling party for such a huge outstanding amount. “The BJP-ruled NMC has not been able to effectively collect property tax, and even after two amnesty schemes, over 1.98 lakh property owners continue to owe Rs248.98 crore,” she said.
According to Pande, unless the civic body acts tough against defaulters, NMC’s financial condition will never improve. Even important proposals like laying sewer lines are being withheld citing fund crisis, she added.
- Nagpur: 250 homes on SAI land face demolition The notices issued by Nehru Nagar zone triggered panic among residents who claimed to have been living there since two decadesProshun Chakraborty | TNN | November 02, 2017, 15:30 IST
NAGPUR: Nagpur Municipal Corporation has issued notices to about 250 people having homes on land allotted for the Sports Authority of India (SAI) regional centre to demolish the structures within 24 hours.
The notices issued by Nehru Nagar zone triggered panic among residents who claimed to have been living there since two decades. A delegation led by city Congress general secretary Abhijit Wanjari and corporator Sanjay Mahakalkar met mayor Nanda Jichkar and asked the NMC action be stopped. The homes are on about 10 acres land of the 141.5 acres given to SAI for developing its 12th regional centre.
In a memorandum, Wanjari sought mayor’s directives to civic administration to withdraw the notices issued to residents of Mauja Wathoda and Tarodi. Congress also threatened protests if the notices were not withdrawn.
Congress said that Mauja Tarodi did not fall under NMC’s jurisdiction. Initially some portion of the land in both areas was reserved by Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) for garbage disposal but NIT was unable to implement the scheme for 40 years. Under Land Acquisition rules, if government failed to implement any scheme for 10 years, the land must be returned to original owners but this did not happen.
Since 1961, government did not mutate the name of NMC on the 7/12 extracts. So, the original owners through societies sold the plots. Currently, all the residents of these houses are poor and demolishing their pucca homes will render them homeless. In all 432 houses are located in both the areas and house around 2,000 people.
Mayor Jichkar told TOI NMC was in no mood to give any relaxation to the owners of unauthorised constructions. Many of them have already gone to court, she said.
TOI had highlighted illegal constructions on the land. Two developers had allegedly developed two layouts on about 20 acres and sold plots over a decade ago.
The sprawling land is spread over two authorities’ area -- 28 acre is situated in Mouza Wathoda within city limits and remaining 113.51 acre in Mouza Tarodi is in Kamptee tehsil.
SAI through state’s public works department, City Survey Office and NMC demarcated 28 acres land within the city last year.
Assistant municipal commissioner Nehru Nagar zone Rajesh Karade told TOI encroachments existed on south side of 455 acres land owned by NMC. “People have encroached upon around 10 acres of the portion leased to SAI. Three fourths of homes are concrete residential units, while one fourth were kuccha houses,” he said.
In 2012 also, NMC’s zone had issued notices to the owners but later no action was taken, a senior officer said.
(With inputs from Viraj Deshpande)
POINTS TO PONDER
* NMC leased 141.51 acres land to SAI for development of regional centre
* Around 250 illegal constructions exist on 10 acres of this land
* In 2012, NMC had issued notices to residents for illegal constructions
* NMC lodged complaint with police and also district administration seeking against unauthorized structures and plots
* Many plot holders have approached court against NMC action
* SAI cannot begin construction until disputes are cleared
- ‘Nagpur can drive demand for affordable homes’ The other main cities included in the list of 45 are Lucknow, Jaipur, Kochi, Bhopal, and Ahmedabad, said a press release issued by the organizationTNN | November 10, 2017, 12:30 IST
NAGPUR: The Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (CREDAI) released a report which lists Nagpur among the 45 potential cities that are projected to drive the demand for affordable housing. The report — Dawn of India’s Future Cities— was released at a two-day national seminar organized by CREDAI in the city.
The other main cities included in the list of 45 are Lucknow, Jaipur, Kochi, Bhopal, and Ahmedabad, said a press release issued by the organization. The seminar which began on Thursday will also focus on opportunities in the Tier 2 and 3 cities of the country.
“Driven by investments in infrastructure, affordable housing, skilled workforces, these cities can potentially see accelerated growth in the manufacturing, tourism and warehousing sectors, and emerge as India’s new mega cities,” said the release.
The study based its findings on key parameters such as socio-economic momentum, enhanced connectivity infrastructure and high value indicators. With a sharp-focus on real estate, it identified areas of opportunities for developers while reiterating the impact of regulatory changes on the sector, the release further said.
According to the study, India needed new cities to augment its growth. Initiatives such as ‘100 Smart Cities’ and the Urban Rejuvenation Scheme — AMRUT— will provide emerging cities with a blueprint for becoming the next flagbearers of development in India.
Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari also addressed the meet through video conferencing. CREDAI’s national president Jaxy Shah said, “India’s demographic capabilities bring a huge opportunity to match the world’s economic superpowers. This opportunity also brings with it challenges such as developing new urban centres.”
“The Nagpur summit will help builders gauge the opportunities in smaller centres. The Tier I cities are already overcrowded There is a clear need for new cities to be developed as the growth engines of the country,” said Geetamber Anand, CREDAI’s chairman.
- Nagpur civic body's amnesty scheme fails, 22 properties to go under hammer today In fact, the number of properties being auctioned is minuscule as compared to 40,759 defaulters in these two zones who collectively owe Rs62.18 crore to the civic body.Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | November 15, 2017, 14:30 IST
NAGPUR: Even after announcing two consecutive amnesty schemes of waiving off up to 90% fine and interest for property tax defaulters of Hanuman Nagar and Lakadganj zones, people of the two zones failed to avail of the opportunity, forcing the Nagpur Municipal Corporation(NMC) to announce the auction of as many as 22 such properties. The auction will take place on Wednesday.
In fact, the number of properties being auctioned is minuscule as compared to 40,759 defaulters in these two zones who collectively owe Rs62.18 crore to the civic body.
“Among the properties to be auctioned also include that of Nagpur Improvement Trust(NIT), defunct cold storage and a children’s hospital. Rests are the open plots,” a senior NMC official of the tax department said.
Earlier, mayor Nanda Jichkar and standing committee chairman Sandip Jadhav made it clear that if the property tax dues were not paid, the properties would be auctioned and no one would be spared. At present, the NMC sends attachments to defaulters asking them to pay tax — the threats usually go unheeded.
“In the first lot, we will auction 22 properties, most of which are open plots from both the zones,” said the official.
The civic body has already issued notices to these property owners intimating them of the proposed auction dates. “We have stated that apart from tax amount the cost incurred in organizing the public auction will be recovered from the sale proceedings,” the official said.
According to another senior official from the NMC’s property tax department, in Hanuman Nagar zone, around 14,846 property owners have defaulted on property tax. “Of them, the zone office has taken warrant action against 868 and attached 253 properties, while it has shortlisted 145 properties for auction. Against these, 16 properties are being auctioned as together they defaulted property tax of Rs12.86 lakh,” the official said.
Most of the properties of the zones going under the hammer are located in Narendra Nagar.
Similarly, the Lakadganj zone has conducted warrant action against 788 properties for defaulting property tax against a total number of 25,913 defaulters. 330 numbers of properties have been attached and 99 properties have been shortlisted for auction. Of these, the zone will be auctioning six properties as they have defaulted tax of Rs11.02 lakh.
The Lakadganj zone is also auctioning a cold storage and warehouse of Pravesh Enterprises, belonging to Pratibha Khandelwal’s family on plot no. 144 of NIT’s industrial area street scheme at Chikhli Layout in Kalamna.
It was collapsed on January 31, 2012, leading to 18 deaths and many injured. The owner of the property has defaulted tax worth Rs3.14 lakh.
To a query, the senior officer clarified that the NMC, after auctioning the properties, would deduct the tax amount and the cost incurred in organizing the auction, and would keep the remaining sale amount in the name of tax defaulter in the NMC fund.
- MSEDCL giving new power connections in Nagpur without occupancy certificates HC had made OC compulsory for new power connections after eleven-year-old twins Piyush and Priyansh Dhar had got electrocuted in a house perilously close to a high tension (HT) line.Ashish Roy | TNN | November 17, 2017, 17:15 IST
NAGPUR: Ignoring the directives of Nagpur bench of Bombay high court, state discom MSEDCL is providing new power connections to consumers without occupancy certificates (OCs). The compulsion of submitting OCs is applicable to only consumers of Nagpur city.
HC had made OC compulsory for new power connections after eleven-year-old twins Piyush and Priyansh Dhar had got electrocuted in a house perilously close to a high tension (HT) line. The house did not have an OC. The certificate is issued only if the construction is done as per building plan. As the builder had illegally extended his construction towards the HT line, he would not have got an OC. HC had taken suo motu cognisance of TOI reports on death of the twins and a public interest litigation (PIL) in this regard is being heard.
A source in MSEDCL told TOI on the condition of anonymity that HC directive was only being followed in Nagpur and all other offices were ignoring it. “Company top bosses have conveniently interpreted the order to reduce the hassles for the company. Nagpur HC’s jurisdiction is all over the state and is not limited to Nagpur. MSEDCL should have issued a circular directing all field offices not to provide new connections with OC. This has not been done,” he said.
The source further said that the state energy department was also at fault. “The department should have taken cognisance of HC order and issued directives to other distribution licensees in the state — Reliance, Tata and BEST — to implement it,” he added.
MSEDCL spokesperson PS Patil claimed that the discom was not issuing new connections without OC. “I have checked with all zonal chief engineers,” he said.
Meanwhile, the compulsion to submit OC has led to huge pendency of new connections. MSEDCL’s Congress Nagar division has sanctioned only 15 connections after the HC issued the directive while 2,000 applications are pending. In SNDL area, only 57 new connections have been issued while about 6,500 applications are pending.
A local MSEDCL officer said that HC should modify its order on OCs. “Slum dwellers and residents of rural areas can’t get OCs even if they want to. If we don’t provide them connections, they will pilfer power.”
Shrirang Bhandarkar, amicus curiae in the suo-motu PIL, said that if MSEDCL was not implementing the order through out the state then it was contempt of HC. “HC orders are law of the land in the area of their jurisdiction. They can’t be ignored,” he added.
- Nagpur civic body to auction seven properties from Gandhibagh zone on Monday The zone office is likely to face opposition as most of the defaulters live in properties to be auctioned.Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | November 19, 2017, 09:49 IST
NAGPUR: After the successful auction of nine properties in Hanuman Nagar zone, now seven properties under Gandhibagh zone will go under the hammer on November 20 to recover property tax dues of Rs22.88 lakh.
“Though the Gandhibagh zone has finalized 13 properties for auction, on Saturday five defaulters deposited their dues (Rs10,79,391), while one (Sardarkhan Sherkhan, who owns a non-residential plot and has Rs1,45,201 property tax dues) obtained a stay from the court,” said zone’s assistant municipal commissioner Ashok Patil.
Those who cleared their dues on Saturday include Ranjana Yadav and Surekha Yadav, who jointly own a property (Rs1.74 lakh), Asthavinayak Infra Projects Limited (Rs6.78 lakh), Sitabai Jangde (Rs31,142) and Mahadev Kavle (Rs33,712).
The zone office is likely to face opposition as most of the defaulters live in properties to be auctioned. Patil said that most of the seven properties are located either in Mahal area, Khadan area and Santra Market. “The auctioning will start from 9am,” he said.
Owners whose properties will be auctioned include Bajirao Ranoji Naik who owns both residential and non-residential buildings and has evaded property tax of above Rs5.33 lakh, Rukhmabai Khaparde (Rs108440), Shravan Kashyap (Rs1.06 lakh), Gorelal Sharma (Rs47,751), Sitabai Jangde (Rs91,142), Qazi Abdul Qayyum (Rs55,181) and Parvati Bhoge (Rs1.81 lakh).
It’s been two months sine the standing committee chairman Sandip Jadhav issued an order to auction properties of tax defaulters, but five zones are yet to finalize properties to be auctioned. According to data compiled by the property tax department, the Laxmi Nagar zone has 11,862 property tax defaulters, Dharampeth (6133), Dhantoli (2821), Ashi Nagar (24,906) and Nehru Nagar zone (12,982).
The assistant municipal commissioners of all these five zones have come under the scanner for reportedly delaying the process of finalizing the dates for auctioning the properties.
- Nagpur hikes property tax by avg 2.5 times in new system Last year, the demand raised for these 98,348 properties was Rs13.79 crore. In the new system, the demand has increased to Rs34.47 crore, which is 2.5 times.Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | November 25, 2017, 17:00 IST
NAGPUR: The demand notes distributed by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to 1.07 lakh property taxpayers have revealed that the average hike in tax is 2.5 times, with individual increase ranging between 2-10 times.
After over a decade, the NMC is revaluating existing properties. At the same time, it has launched new property tax system — ready reckoner-rate chart. As on date, revaluation of three lakh properties has been done. Demand notes were prepared for around 1.50 lakh properties, of which 1.07 lakh were distributed.
The property tax department conducted analysis of 98,348 properties in 24 wards. Last year, the demand raised for these 98,348 properties was Rs13.79 crore. In the new system, the demand has increased to Rs34.47 crore, which is 2.5 times.
The analysis has exposed the claim by NMC office bearers that the tax increase will not be more than 25%. During the launch of new system, they had neglected the administration’s proposal for having a cap on the tax. The tax would not have increased by 1 time for residential and 2 times for commercial had the cap system been in place.
In the new system, the NMC has started levying larger residential properties tax. This tax has been applicable to properties having an area of 150 sq mt and above since 1976. The NMC ignored this tax all these years. In the new system, the property tax department has fed details of each property and the tax is being levied automatically.
Fine example is the property owned by VP Tiwari, resident of Sawarkar Nagar. Larger residential properties tax was levied on the property, which is over 30 years old, for the first time in the current fiscal. The tax is 10% of annual letting value.
The NMC has also started levying special conservancy tax on commercial properties from the current fiscal. It is a new tax and 10% of annual letting value.
The property tax would have increased further had the NMC levied 1% tree cess and difference in tax amount for the last two fiscal. Though approved by the general body, tree cess was delayed due to garden department’s negligence. The NMC general body passed resolution not to recover difference amount of last two fiscal.
An NMC official told TOI that taxpayers and public representatives, including corporators, should understand reasons behind hike in property tax. “Major reasons are expansion in existing properties, user change from residential to semi-residential or commercial, change in area factor etc. Also, the tax had not been increased since over a decade. The tax will not increase for next five years,” he said.
- Nagpur civic body to take 40% land, develop rest 60% free in smart city project Under Smart City project, NMC has constituted City Level Advisory Forum, headed by mayor Nanda JichkarAnjaya Anparthi | TNN | November 28, 2017, 12:01 IST
NAGPUR: To develop Smart City project, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will take over 40% of the area of land owners as part of area based development (ABD), covering 1,730 acre at Pardi, Punapur, Bharatwada and Bhandewadi in East Nagpur. In lieu of this 40% land, the civic body will not give any compensation but ensure infrastructure development on the remaining 60% area.
Under Smart City project, NMC has constituted City Level Advisory Forum, headed by mayor Nanda Jichkar. Collector Sachin Kurve, MPs, MLAs, MLCs, representatives of taxpayers association, residential associations, NGOs, Nag Vidarbha Chamber of Commerce, Mahila Mandals etc are its members.
NMC’s special purpose vehicle for Smart City project — Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) — organized the first meeting of the forum on Monday at NMC head office. Legislators Krishna Khopde, Anil Sole and Girish Vyas were present along with representatives of various associations, including Leena Budhe, Anu Chhabrani, Farooq Akbani etc.
Municipal commissioner Ashwin Mudgal and NSSCDCL CEO Ramnath Sonawane informed the forum about all aspects of Smart City project and decisions taken till today.
Khopde told TOI that land owners will not have to pay anything for infrastructure development undertaken by NSSCDCL even on their 60% share of the land. “Sprawling land in ABD area is lying vacant and considered as backbone of Smart City project. People residing in ABD area have already given consent for the project. East Nagpur will be transformed into the first Smart City,” he said.
Khopde said NSSCDCL will recover charges only from those who have constructed or procured unauthorized buildings and plots in ABD area. “The forum has asked NSSCDCL to maintain the regularization charges as fixed by NIT, as it is in Smart City project.”
NSSCDCL is expected to finalize draft of town planning scheme and development control regulations (DCR) for ABD area in December, and submit it to the state government. Notification inviting suggestions and objections on the draft will be issued followed by final approval and implementation.
Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) had also finalized 40-60% land pooling ratio in town planning schemes planned in Metro region area. But in Metro region area, NIT has finalized actual peripheral cost of Rs100 per sq ft, which will be recovered from land owners for infrastructure development in 60% area.
Khopde added the forum urged NSSCDCL to construct all cement concrete roads in ABD area. “Cement roads give a smart look as well as sustain for years. ABD area will be a planned development, so roads will be constructed after laying all service lines. Therefore, cement roads will be beneficial for ABD area,” he said.
Sonawane said the target is to begin infrastructure development activities like roads, street lights etc in ABD area from March or April. “NSSCDCL will plan proper public consultation and make stakeholders and public representatives aware about each and every initiative.”
- Nagpur Municipal Corporation achieves 15.82% property tax target According to data compiled by NMC’s property tax department, Laxmi Nagar zone is the worst performer. Against a target of Rs 133.20 crore, the zone has so far recovered only Rs 12.61 croreProshun Chakraborty | TNN | November 30, 2017, 18:00 IST
NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is unlikely to meet the property tax target this year too. Property tax is one of the main revenues for the civic body. The target was set at Rs 564.63 crore, but the 10 zonal commissioners have achieved only 15.82% (Rs 89.33 crore) from April 2017 to November 24.
According to data compiled by NMC’s property tax department, Laxmi Nagar zone is the worst performer. Against a target of Rs 133.20 crore, the zone has so far recovered only Rs 12.61 crore.
Even performance of Dharampeth zone is no good either. Against a target of Rs 71.73 crore, the zone has so far recovered only Rs 10.35 crore, while Satranjipura zone has achieved more than 20% target with Rs 4.35 crore recovery against Rs 18.15 crore target.
In 2015-2016, the property tax demand was Rs 126.41 crore, while the arrears amounted to Rs 130 crore. But this year, the arrears have crossed Rs 263.59 crore.
Though the NMC took several initiatives to improve tax collection, none has yielded the desired result. Even amnesty scheme was aimed at collecting arrears of property tax pending, but evoked very poor response.
Given the poor tax recovery, standing committee chairman Sandip Jadhav recently convened a meeting of assistant commissioners of all 10 zones. He pulled up the property tax officials for poor recovery and directed the officials to auction property of tax defaulters. He also asked them to issue show cause notice to tax collectors who fail to meet their targets.
Today, all developmental projects have come to a standstill due to financial crunch, sources said, adding even the ongoing work of cement road works too are going at snail’s pace. As the salaries of the civic staffers are being released regularly, the employees are not facing the pinch.
Sources pointed out that NMC’s revenue will improve only when the civic chief releases the salaries of property tax department staff when they improve recovery of dues.
The NMC’s fiscal health is in dire straits and is affecting the corporators most. No new works are being planned as of now. This has left the corporators across party lines upset as residents of the areas they represent have been repeatedly demanding various development works and they have nothing to promise.
Zones----No.of Properties---demand (in Rs crores)---Recovery (in Rs)
- No TDR for Nagpur's Sonegaon lake as it’s not a buildable land TDR cannot be granted for acquisition of a water body, so NMC wants to change the reservation to ‘government scheme’.Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | December 03, 2017, 09:25 IST
NAGPUR: RTI activist TH Naidu has alleged that Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) decision to give transfer of development rights (TDR) to owners of Sonegaon lake is against the norms. Naidu has demanded that the civic body should set aside the process.
NMC has invited suggestions and objections on the process to change reservation of Sonegaon lake from water body to government scheme — Beautification and Rejuvenation of Sonegaon Tank in city’s development plan. The reservation is being changed to issue TDR to owners of Sonegaon lake.
TDR cannot be granted for acquisition of a water body, so NMC wants to change the reservation to ‘government scheme’. The notification was issued on November 17, and suggestions and objections can be submitted on or before December 17 with the office of NMC’s assistant director of town planning.
Naidu, along with president of Jai Jawan Jai Kisan Prashant Pawar, had filed a petition in the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court demanding acquisition of Sonegaon lake. In a historic decision, the HC had ruled Sonegaon lake was no more a private property, and the owners were only eligible for compensation.
Naidu on Friday submitted his objection to the process with NMC. “TDR can be granted only for acquisition of buildable land under the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act. Water body is not a buildable area. Therefore, TDR cannot be given to owners of Sonegaon lake. Earlier, the state government had denied TDR on Sonegaon lake twice. Still, NMC officials are taking all efforts to give TDR to the owners,” he said.
Naidu added NMC will suffer great loss in case it goes for TDR. “There are five orders of Supreme Court which make it mandatory for NMC to acquire lakes under possession or ownership of private persons. NMC miserably failed to acquire the lake since 1999. Acquisition cost would have been less had the lake been acquired in time. Officials of NMC and district administration are responsible for the delay. Therefore, NMC should not spend public money and fix responsibility on concerned officials,” he said.
Naidu also said NMC will have to give TDR for total 16.42 hectare area of the lake. “There is a provision that cash compensation for acquisition of water body is only one-fourth of total cost of the lake area. Therefore, cash compensation should be given instead of TDR. Actually, NMC should give compensation considering auction value of the lake. Lake was auctioned at Rs57,000. NMC should give compensation calculated at the bank interest rate on Rs57,000,” he said.
NMC officials told TOI not a single paisa burden comes on NMC in case of TDR. “We are taking efforts to give TDR, so we do not have to give cash. Proposal will be submitted to state government after completion of entire process. Final decision is up to the state government,” he said.
In a nutshell
* Court of Wards auctioned lake on 16.42 hectares to Dr Sudha Sutaria and Dr Rekharani Bhiwapurkar for recovery of dues from Senior Bhonsala Estate for Rs57,000 in 1971
* District administration commenced process to acquire lake in 1999
* HC imposed stay on process following flaws pointed out by one of the two owners in 2000
* HC ruled lake no more private property, and owners liable for only compensation
* TDR can be issued for a government scheme, and not water body
* Process started to change reservation of Sonegaon lake from water body to government scheme for beautification and rejuvenation of Sonegaon tank