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- Home buyers file complaint in NCDRC against Maha housing authority The complaint, Mitali Cooperative Housing Society, claimed that 320 prospective buyers had paid in full to the tune of Rs 45 lakhs each to MHADA when its ‘City Project’ flat schemeTNN | December 04, 2017, 17:30 IST
NAGPUR: Delayed possession of flats compelled homebuyers to move National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), New Delhi against Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA). The commission has issued a notice to the state authority in this regard.
The complaint, Mitali Cooperative Housing Society, claimed that 320 prospective buyers had paid in full to the tune of Rs 45 lakhs each to MHADA when its ‘City Project’ flat scheme, on Subhash Road, was launched in 2012 and were promised possession. MHADA collected Rs128 crores from its customers.
Complainants through counsel Tushar Mandlekar, also claim that four illegal extensions were given to the contracted company M/s IVRCL Limited, the latest till November 31, 2014. The contractor has not completed construction till today.
They further claim that MHADA has also failed to procure statutory permissions like building completion certificate, occupancy certificate, environmental clearance and fire no objection certificate. Facilities like podium garden, firefighting system, swimming pool, club house, etc were promised by MHADA but have been completed either.
The complainant have prayed for compensation of Rs37 lakhs per buyer with interest rate of 16% per annum from each date of payment. They have also sought valid possession of flats, sale-deeds and statutory certificates from MHADA, Mandlekar informed.
- New method of assessing property tax in Nagpur illegal: Praful Gudadhe If the BJP was so keen to improve revenue from property tax, why did it not implement the ready reckoner system from December 2016, he askedProshun Chakraborty | TNN | December 08, 2017, 14:00 IST
NAGPUR: The Congress has termed the new method of calculating property tax based on ready reckoner value of the property implemented by Nagpur Municipal Corporationas illegal. Leader of opposition in NMC Tanaji Wanve and senior Congress corporator Praful Gudadhe claimed as per the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act the House has no power to scrap the old property tax assessment system.
“Despite this, the ruling party scrapped the old system and implemented the new one. The civic body even doesn’t follow procedure to issue invoice of property tax calculated through ready reckoner. Under the new system there has been up to a six-fold rise in property tax calculations,” Gudadhe claimed.
Speaking to mediapersons, Gudadhe said the Congress would set up a special help centre at Wanve’s chamber in NMC’s headquarters from December 11. Under the guidance of Gudadhe, the Congress will also appoint a legal adviser to help property owners file objection to their property tax calculations. The centre will function from 3pm to 5pm daily till December end, Gudadhe said.
If the BJP was so keen to improve revenue from property tax, why did it not implement the ready reckoner system from December 2016, he asked. According to him, the party was aware of the multi-fold increase in property tax and that would have affected their prospects in civic elections.
As per the new tax system, before issuing invoices, the department must give 21 days to property owners to submit suggestions and objections by delivering notices to every individual. “Instead, NMC just published a public notice in local newspapers,” he said claiming this deprived property owners to submit objections.
“So there is no legal basis to these invoices,” Wanve said appealing citizens not to pay the revised property tax. “We will also raise the issue in general body to be held on December 8,” he added.
Gudadhe raised doubts over private firm entrusted with conducting survey of properties. He claimed the firm had mentioned two units in one property and cited the example of former corporator Kalatai Hatwar who received two different tax invoices for her two-storey building. Many properties were shown having many tenants with incomplete information, he claimed.
- Nagpur civic body auctions one property in Ashi Nagar zone The zone office had finalized 13 properties for auction to recover over Rs20 lakh property tax default. But, nine property owners turned up and cleared their dues.Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | December 12, 2017, 13:00 IST
NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporationresumed auctioning of properties of tax defaulters by putting one property in Ashi Nagar zone on the block. The zone office had finalized 13 properties for auction to recover over Rs20 lakh property tax default. But, nine property owners turned up and cleared their dues.
On Monday, the zone office auctioned the remaining four properties in different areas of north Nagpur. However, the zone office had to cancel auction of three properties as no bidders turned up. Bidders turned up for auction of a one-storey building in Baba Budhaji Nagar and the zone office succeeded in selling the property for Rs 18.44 lakh.
Actually, the zone office has approximately 24,906 defaulters and it has taken action against only 816 defaulters. Hanuman Nagar zone will auction six remaining properties on December 15. Earlier last month, this zone had auctioned 16 properties but since there were no bidders, the auction for six properties was deferred. Now these properties would be auctioned at the zone office itself.
- 89 properties to go under the hammer in Nagpur A senior official from the property tax department said the auction of four properties will commence at Gandhibagh zone on December 20.Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | December 20, 2017, 13:30 IST
NAGPUR: After a brief lull, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation(NMC) has put up 89 properties for auction. Five zones will be auctioning these properties to recover outstanding dues of Rs 70,72,761.
A senior official from the property tax department said the auction of four properties will commence at Gandhibaghzone on December 20. The outstanding amount from defaulters is estimated to be Rs 2,84,680. The zone will be organizing next auction of four more properties on December 28 to recover dues of Rs 2,71,636.
Dharampeth and Hanuman Nagar zones too will be auctioning three and 12 properties respectively on December 29. The officer said three defaulters have not paid tax of Rs 1.19 lakh, while the 12 have defaulted tax of Rs 8,41,385.
On December 30, the Laxmi Nagar zone has put up three properties for auctioning to recover tax of Rs 6.38 lakh. The Dharampeth zone too will be auctioning seven properties to recover Rs 5.33 lakh.
The zone will also be auctioning eight properties of owners who have defaulted tax of Rs 8.86 lakh on January 1. The Hanuman Nagar zone is very proactive to recover tax dues. It will be conducting auctions of 11 and 9 properties each on January 2 and 5 to recover dues of Rs 7.86 lakh and Rs 7.88 lakh respectively.
Similarly, Nehru Nagar zone will auction 8 properties on January 8 as their owners have defaulted tax to the tune of Rs 14.05 lakh.
On January 9, the Hanuman Nagar zone will again auction seven properties to recover dues of Rs 2.71 lakh.
Standing committee chairman Sandip Jadhav expressed anguish over slow procedure to auction properties of tax defaulters. Even though the numbers of tax defaulters were above 1.90 lakh and defaulted tax of over Rs 240 crore, the zonal offices have made little efforts to recover the dues, he said.
To a query, Jadhav pointed out that he has already directed a departmental inquiry against Mangalwari zone assistant municipal commissioner Harish Raut for postponing auction of properties of tax defaulters organized on November 11.
Since Raut postponed the auction, no fresh efforts were made to auction properties of defaulters. Jadhav said he will review tax collection in the standing committee meet on December 22.
- Goof-up by Nagpur civic body's private contractor leads to 43 times rise in property tax As per the report submitted by the company, even the shanties of slum areas has been shown as a sprawling concrete buildings and several people in the city had to pay commercial property tax.Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | December 31, 2017, 09:29 IST
NAGPUR: The goof-up created by the Nagpur Municipal Corporations’s (NMC) contractor, Cybertech Systems and Software, in revaluation of properties, which was already increased 2 to 10 times under the new system, has rubbed salt to the wound of tax payers as in many cases the tax has gone up to 43 times after the revaluation by the company. This has led to raise many eyebrows in the civic body circle, demanding termination of contract followed by FIR against the company.
As per the report submitted by the company, even the shanties of slum areas has been shown as a sprawling concrete buildings and several people in the city had to pay commercial property tax for even operating tuition classes and parlours in their respective houses.
Citing cases from their wards, around 20 corporators of BJP, Congress, BSP and NCP, at the special meeting of general body held at Town Hall, Mahal, on Saturday, demanded termination of Cybertech’s work order and levy of penalty. They alleged Cybertech maligned NMC by giving wrong data of properties and fuelled tax amount.
BJP corporator Narendra Borkar, demanding revaluation from NMC staffers, said tax of maximum properties increased manifold due to mistakes committed by Cybertech. “Tax of a Bhandewadi resident, Pravin, Nirgude, was Rs540 for his G+1 floor house, which was increased to Rs23,359 in the new system, making the hike of 43.25 times. The company showed four tenants in the house, while only one family reside there. Similarly, tax of a property at Garoba Maidan, owned by one Sanjay Ghaywat, increased by 37.79 times,” he alleged.
Senior BJP corporator Dayashankar Tiwari said the Cybertech staffers marked properties as commercial even if women doing petty business in their residential properties. “Several houses of have been put under commercial property tax for even operating tuition, parlour, sewing machines etc. Even property owners using shutters in their respective house four car sheds have been put under commercial taxes. Stringent action should be taken against the company,” he said.
Independent corporator Abha Pande said Cybertech even shown shanties of slum areas as a sprawling concrete buildings in her ward. “Several properties in my area has been found exaggerated than that of actual area. The company has not done revaluation as per work order. No data of solar water, rain water harvesting and sewage treatment systems etc was taken into account due to which taxpayers did not get concession. Even project management consultant to monitor drive and verify data of Cybertech was not appointed,” she said.
Congress corporator Sandip Sahare alleged irregularity in releasing payments and increasing rate of Cybertech. “Work of Cybertech was divided into two parts. The company was supposed to design and implement property tax assessment and consolidation of municipal revenues application at Rs6.75 crore under part-A and door-to-door survey, GIS mapping of properties and seamless integration with NMC’s e-Governance software under part-B at Rs7.20 crore. Payment of Rs5.40 crore was released to the company for part-A even before the start of part-B. Property-wise payment under part-B was given two times. Then the NMC revised payment system to unit-wise citing conditions in tendering process,” he said.
Pande and Sahare said that NMC did not levy penalty on Cybertech for wrong data and delay in completing the works.
Following suggestions from ruling party leader Sandip Joshi, mayor Nanda Jichkar directed municipal commissioner Ashwin Mudgal to conduct an inquiry into revaluation drive, increase penalty of Rs500 per day to 10,000 per day and levy for delay and reduction of 50% payment if data found wrong.
Aam Admi Party activists staged demonstration in front of Town Hall during the entire course of house proceedings.
- Nagpur civic body employees paying private operators to complete online property tax system NMC assistant commissioner (property tax) Milind Meshram told TOI a detailed investigation has started into cases where tax amount was reduced and tax receipts cancelled after receiving paymentsAnjaya Anparthi | TNN | January 11, 2018, 15:30 IST
NAGPUR: The incident of property tax misappropriation in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has exposed the illegal computer operators appointed by tax recovery and assessment inspectors, to operate the property tax online system. These illegal operators are openly using the user IDs and passwords of property tax department employees, leaving scope for manipulations.
TOI had on Wednesday reported about suspension of two tax inspectors over alleged misappropriation of property tax revenue.
NMC assistant commissioner (property tax) Milind Meshram told TOI a detailed investigation has started into cases where tax amount was reduced and tax receipts cancelled after receiving payments. “Preliminary inquiry revealed tax recovery and assessment employees of three zones — Hanuman Nagar, Nehru Nagar and Ashi Nagar — were operating property tax online system by appointing operators on their own. Works like corrections in property tax amount of taxpayers, cancellations of receipts etc are done by employees in online system. But these employees have given their user IDs and passwords to their operators. Therefore, we are restricting the authority to amend property tax amount. Now, it will be done from head office only,” he said.
Meshram added inspections will be done to check whether the same system is being adopted in remaining seven zones.
Municipal commissioner Ashwin Mudgal and additional municipal commissioner Ravindra Kumbhare have warned of action against employees who appointed their own private operators, and also gave their user IDs and passwords.
A question is also being raised on how the employees were managing to pay salaries of private operators appointed by them.
NMC sources told TOI cases of reduction in property tax amount and cancellation of receipts may increase after completion of detailed inquiry.
Unfortunately, Mudgal and Kumbhare have not even issued show cause notice to their employees in this regard. NMC is yet to register an FIR with police in property tax revenue misappropriation case too.
The case has also brought to fore violations of state government norms. The government had made it mandatory for NMC employees of class-III and above to obtain MSCIT certificate in 2001, to ensure all employees can operate computers. The last date for obtaining MSCIT certificates was 2007.
Unfortunately, around 40% of NMC employees had not obtained MSCIT certificate till last year. No action was taken against the employees for nine years. Kumbhare had stopped promotions of some 40 employees without MSCIT certificates in July 2017. The employees registered strong oppositions and action halted temporarily.
NMC official from general administration department said around 20% employees do not have MSCIT certificates till date. “Now, action will be taken against the employees. Even employees having MSCIT certificates do not know how to operate computers,” he said.
- Nagpur civic body fails to act against Nirmal Society township Confirming this, sources from Nehru Nagar zone told TOI that the notice was served to the builder for not adhering to the sanctioned building plansProshun Chakraborty | TNN | January 16, 2018, 17:00 IST
NAGPUR: The functioning of Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s Nehru Nagar zone has come under scanner. Reason, the zone had served notice to Nirmal Ujjwal Credit Cooperative Society (NUCCS) to demolish illegal construction at its township on Umrer Road on July 25 last year, but later no action has been taken. The zone had found unauthorized construction of around 804.708 sq metres by the builder and developer in violation of Section 53 (1) of Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act.
Confirming this, sources from Nehru Nagar zone told TOI that the notice was served to the builder for not adhering to the sanctioned building plans while constructing the mega township on its land in Mauja Harpur, Umred Road. During spot inspections, a team comprising engineers from the department had found illegal construction including on 24 meter road, electricity sub-station on 202.86 sq mt area, water treatment plant on 91.94 sq mt and entire seventh floor in building number 3.
The zone, headed by assistant municipal commissioner Rajesh Karade, had directed the builder to demolish illegal constructions within a month or else action would be initiated against him. TOI has copy of the demolition notice. But even after five months, so far no action has been initiated.
Additional municipal commissioner Ravindra Kumbhare expressed anguish over the delay by the zone officials and assured to look into the matter.
Alleging that the NUCCS management has failed to provide basic amenities in the society having 584 houses, including row houses, semi-detached bungalows and flats, the residents had taken to streets against the developer. The residents alleged that the developer, who had taken one-time maintenance from them, refused to return the maintenance fund. Later, the residents approached district deputy registrar (DDR) office. Following directions from the office of DDR, the residents have formed Nirmal Nagari Condominium. Elected board members include Prafulla Karpe, Ajay Malviya, Ashok Bhivgade, Rahul Patil and Nita Tijare. “We will claim our maintenance money from NUCCS along with interest and it will take care of the day-to-day maintenance, including security and all,” said the residents.