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- GST department recovers Rs 10.4 crore from six Nagpur, Nashik builders
After action against builders, the Directorate General of Goods and Service Tax Intelligence (DGGSTI) has fixed liability of Rs 10.40 crore against six real estate companies, five from Nagpur and one in Nashik.Shishir Arya | TNN | September 20, 2019, 15:30 IST
NAGPUR: After action against builders, the Directorate General of Goods and Service Tax Intelligence (DGGSTI) has fixed liability of Rs 10.40 crore against six real estate companies, five from Nagpur and one in Nashik.
During the searches digital data was retrieved from the firms’ devices and compared with the physical copies of sale deeds filed at the registrar’s office. A discrepancy was found in the amount of GST liability discharged as against the price of the flats sold.
Before flats came under 5% composition scheme, 12% GST was charged if the property was sold before the builder obtained an occupancy certificate. It was seen that despite not having got occupancy certificate, the 12% GST was not paid for a number of flats.
The action covered M/s Green City Builders, M/s Kukreja Infrastructure, M/s Pardeshi Construction Private Limited, M/s Kukreja Embassy, and M/s JD Buildcon Private Limited from Nagpur, and M/s Sanklecha Construction Private Limited from Nashik.
Tax to the tune of Rs 4.52 crore has been received from the firms. M/s Green City Builders paid Rs 58.17 lakh against liability of Rs 2 crore, M/s Pardeshi Construction paid Rs 15 lakh against Rs 1.35 crore, M/s Kukreja Embassy paid Rs 17.50 lakh (with ITC set off of Rs3.40 lakh against a liability of nearly Rs 4.86 crore) and M/s JD Buildcon paid Rs 21 lakh against a liability of Rs40 lakh, said a press release.
- Bombay HC quashes Akola civic body’s property tax policy
The 2017 resolution resulted in property owners paying taxes multiple times their previous years’ dues and this ultimately led to an Akola resident filing a petition before the Nagpur bench of Bombay HC.TNN | Updated: October 10, 2019, 12:21 IST
NAGPUR: In a major decision which is likely to have a state-wide impact, the high court on Wednesday quashed a 2017 resolution of the Akola Municipal Corporation (AMC) which determined the mode and manner in which property tax was to be assessed for a five-year period.
The 2017 resolution resulted in property owners paying taxes multiple times their previous years’ dues and this ultimately led to an Akola resident filing a petition before the Nagpur bench of Bombay HC.
Advocate Shreerang Bhandarkar, counsel for the petitioner, challenged the methodology by which AMC had arrived at new assessment values.
In its 58-page judgement, the bench, presided by justice RK Deshpande and justice Vinay Joshi, noted that the resolution passed by AMC was “totally arbitrary, unreasonable and not based upon any valid relevant criteria”. The court also mentioned that AMC failed to “substantiate the fixation of annual rent in respect of the properties for residential and non-residential purposes on the basis of the provisions of the Act and the Rules”.
The court questioned the process by AMC to collect information related to the annual rent separately for residential and non-residential premises. The order stated that “no efforts are made to determine the fair or standard rent for such properties. No material is collected to determine the annual letting value on the basis of the comparable properties in the municipal area”.
The court also raised questions on a 2016 survey done by a private agency, on behalf of AMC, with one of the purpose being to determine whether a property has been let out or not.
Regarding this the HC order states “the survey is conspicuously silent in respect of the amount of annual rent for which such property might reasonably be expected to let from year to year. There is no inquiry in respect of fair or standard rent of the properties”.
However, there is no stay on the tax collection process. The court’s order mentions that AMC can “go ahead with the recovery of the said tax as a stopgap arrangement, subject to adjustment of the amount, if any, recovered in excess towards the recovery of tax, which shall be levied in accordance with law”.
The court has now ordered AMC to start a fresh process for property tax assessment and complete the same within a year. If this deadline is breached, then property rates prevailing during 2002-2017 shall be collected till the new system is in place.
- Consumer forum slaps Rs 10 lakh fine on Nagpur's Pankaj Constructions
Complainants Vidya and Shyam Baniya, a resident of Tanga Stand in Dharampeth, used to run a small shop in an old building.Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | November 05, 2019, 11:00 IST
NAGPUR: Coming to the rescue of woman and her close relative, the Nagpur District Consumer Forum imposed a heavy cost of Rs 10 lakh on the builder for taking away her only means of survival and for physical and mental harassment. It is one of the biggest fines in the forums’ history, as per the lawyers practising there.
A bench headed by president Shekhar Muley and members — Smita Chandekar and Avinash Prabhune — also ordered builder, Pankaj Constructions, through proprietor Pankaj Roshan Dhawan, to refund Rs 1.89 lakh, which they paid as down-payment with 12% interest from 2012. The builder was told to pay the entire amount within a month of the order or else, a surcharge of Rs 50 per day would be levied on him. The judges absolved of other respondents for lack of evidence against them.
Complainants Vidya and Shyam Baniya, a resident of Tanga Stand in Dharampeth, used to run a small shop in an old building. The builder took over the scheme for redevelopment and assured to provide a 100sqft shop in his new scheme Gokul Roshan at Mouza Gadge. Complainants then entered into an agreement with the builder for a new shop on July 12, 2012. The deal was inked for Rs 7.56 lakh and complainants paid first instalment of Rs1.89 lakh while remaining amount of Rs 5.67 lakh was agreed to be given in instalment.
Even after four to five years when the builder failed to lay any brick of his new scheme where he provided a shop to Baniya family, the latter started demanding their money back. When they investigated, they came to know that builder had failed to get the sanction from authorities to construct the building, as he failed to comply with the rules and regulations. They even sent notices to Dhawan and other respondents, demanding back their money, but he failed to respond.
Left with no other alternative, the complainants knocked forum’s doors while seeking refund of their amount and demanding Rs4,000 per month compensation from the builder as agreed between both parties in their first agreement for purchase of shop.
The builder replied that Baniya filed complaint after six years of inking of agreement in 2012 and hence, it couldn’t be entertained as per rules. He claimed that it was frivolous complaint as Baniya failed to pay rest of amount of Rs5.67 lakh after making down payment of Rs1.89 lakh.
The judges rejected his arguments stating that builder adopted unethical practices while inking deal with the complainants and there was indeed “deficiency in service” on his part by not honouring commitment to provide a shop to them.
- NSSCDCL compensates owners after houses razed for Nagpur smart city project
The monetary compensation will be deposited in the accounts of house owners in three installments.TNN | November 15, 2019, 16:30 IST
NAGPUR: The Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Develop Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) has paid compensation to owners of houses which were razed in areas — Pardi, Bharatwada, Punapur and Bhandewadi — proposed under the Smart City project.
Seven houses were affected near Bhavani Mata Mandir. Six of them were razed and the occupants shifted to rented accommodations. The rent will be paid by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). The compensation includes providing a developed plot having an area equal to 60% of the original plot and a house having equal area to the one demolished.
The monetary compensation will be deposited in the accounts of house owners in three installments. The first installment will be deposited as soon as the owners sign a letter of agreement on a stamp paper and submit it to the NMC.
The second installment will be deposited when the house is razed. The owners will get the third one when they submit a clear title document (NA document and city survey record). So far, Rs one crore has been deposited in the accounts of house owners.
- About 4.43 lakh people owe Rs 470 crore property tax to Nagpur civic body
According to the data compiled by the department, property owners in Laxmi Nagar zone owe NMC more than Rs 107.19 crore.TNN | November 26, 2019, 19:00 IST
NAGPUR: As many as 4.43 lakh Nagpurians collectively owe Nagpur Municipal Corporation Rs 470 crore towards property tax, reveals data compiled by NMC’s property tax department. The accumulated property tax dues were calculated for the last 10 years.
In the last financial year (2018-19), of the 5.31 lakh property owners, only 3.22 lakh have paid property tax to the tune of Rs 198.26 crore.
According to the data compiled by the department, property owners in Laxmi Nagar zone owe NMC more than Rs 107.19 crore.
The highest number of property tax defaulters (79,222) is from Ashi Nagar zone, with Rs 65.98 crore dues. It is followed by Lakadganj zone (59,914), where such owners have collectively defaulted on Rs 64.86 crore. These owners haven’t paid tax for a period ranging between more than five to 10 years.
Similarly, in Mangalwari zone, 44,192 property owners have not paid the tax and they too owe NMC Rs 55.88 crore. Dhantoli zone has lowest number of defaulters. It has around 7,760 property owners as defaulters and collectively their arrears amount to Rs 31.59 crore. Amount-wise, Gandhibagh zone has least tax dues where 11,579 property owners have not paid tax to the tune of Rs 9.41 crore.
Sources in the NMC’s accounts and finance department admitted that the civic administration needs to improve property tax collection as it is a main source of revenue generation for the civic body.
Assistant municipal commissioner Milind Meshram said the civic body has taken several initiatives to improve tax collection and giving ample opportunities to the defaulters to clear the dues.
He also said that many property owners have defaulted on the tax after raising objections in the calculations, while many big defaulters have moved court against the department. The department needs to speed-up the process to settle such objections, he admitted and stated that the department has asked zone offices to accelerate such pending cases.
To a query that the department is only auctioning properties of small tax defaulters, Meshram refuted the allegation stating that the civic body is focusing more on big defaulters.
- Stamp duty reduced by 0.5% in Nagpur
An official from stamps and registration department said stamp duty is now 7% as against 7.5% with effect from December 1. “It has been done as per orders of stamps collector AS Ughde,” the official said.Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | December 07, 2019, 12:00 IST
NAGPUR: In some relief for property buyers, builders and developers, the stamps and registration department has reduced stamp duty in the city by 0.5%, which was being recovered for Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) for the last 83 years.
However, the decision is a major setback for the cash-strapped Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), as it is yet to get the revenue from this even though it has taken over all areas of NIT.
An official from stamps and registration department said stamp duty is now 7% as against 7.5% with effect from December 1. “It has been done as per orders of stamps collector AS Ughde,” the official said.
In a letter, Ughde said, “There was provision in section 77 of the NIT Act 1936 for recovering 0.5% stamp duty from all transactions in areas coming under NIT’s jurisdiction. The state government through a notification dated August 27 had handed over all NIT areas, especially seven schemes, to NMC. Thus, NIT has no areas under its jurisdiction. Therefore, the stamp duty being recovered for NIT needs to be stopped.”
The stamps and registration department used to collect 0.5% stamp duty from all transactions across the city and hand it over to NIT. After some court orders, the department started to recover stamp duty from areas under NIT jurisdiction only. NIT used to get around Rs 12.50 crore per annum.
The reduction in stamp duty is good news for property buyers, builders and developers, as it was one of the highest in the state.
The government had handed over all areas of NIT to NMC with effect from August 27, as per provisions in NIT Act. Areas transferred by NIT to NMC are mostly unauthorized and under-developed. This is being seen as a big financial burden on NMC, which is already reeling under a financial crisis. But the civic body has not got the stamp duty collected for NIT.
Municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar told TOI he would pursue the issue with the government. “I will have to check under which provision NIT was getting stamp duty, and whether it can be transferred to NMC. If possible, we will leave no effort to get it as we need new revenue source especially for areas taken over from NIT,” he said.
NMC is also getting stamp duty of 1% since abolition of octroi in April 2013.
Basic stamp duty is 5% of total value of property. The government had imposed 0.5% stamp duty for NIT, another 1% for NMC and another 1% for Metro Rail Project. Thus, stamp duty in the city was 7.5%.
- Rainwater harvesting likely to be must for buildings of various institutions in Nagpur
The committee was constituted by mayor Sandip Joshi after taking cognisance of the water scarcity that prevailed during last summer and early days of monsoon.Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | December 09, 2019, 16:30 IST
NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is likely to make rainwater harvesting mandatory for all buildings owned and run by institutions. It is the first step proposed by the Rainwater Harvesting Committee.
The committee was constituted by mayor Sandip Joshi after taking cognisance of the water scarcity that prevailed during last summer and early days of monsoon. The committee held a meeting at the NMC head office a couple of days ago.
Committee members Abhay Gotekar, chairman of projects consultative committee, Vijay Zalke, chairman of water works consultative committee, superintending engineers Manoj Talewar (NMC), PP Dhankar (NIT), executive engineer Shweta Banerjee, assistant director of town planning Pramod Gawande, architect Ashok Mokha, geologists Varsha Mane, RK Deshkar, teacher Rohit Deshpande and others were present.
The committee directed the NMC officials to prepare administrative provisions to make rainwater harvesting mandatory for all buildings run by government departments, educational institutions, hospitals and private organizations.
The committee also decided to chalk out plans for public awareness and implementation of rainwater harvesting system in other buildings in a phased manner.
- HC directs Nagpur civic body to conduct survey of buildings without parking areas
Before scheduling the next hearing on December 19, the bench also asked NMC commissioner Abhijit Bangar to submit the compliance report of 14 buildings which failed to provide parking.Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | Updated: December 10, 2019, 16:29 IST
NAGPUR: Questioning the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on the basis of its survey of 787 buildings in the city, the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Monday directed it to conduct a fresh survey in congested areas like Dhantoli which lack adequate parking facilities.
A division bench comprising justices Sunil Shukre and Rohit Deo instructed the civic body to give priority to establishments like coaching classes, restaurants and hospitals during the new survey and submit the report within a month.
Before scheduling the next hearing on December 19, the bench also asked NMC commissioner Abhijit Bangar to submit the compliance report of 14 buildings which failed to provide parking. The buildings would be demolished.
Bangar was present in court after being summoned for inaction by authorities in solving the parking and congestion problems in Dhantoli since years.
The court was hearing a fresh PIL (No. 52/2017) by aggrieved citizens of Dhantoli Nagrik Mandal through counsels Ashutosh Dharmadhikari and Ashwin Deshpande over parking problems faced by residents due to a large number of hospitals that have cropped up in the area. The hospitals have misused space meant for parking by opening canteens and other services at basements.
In his affidavit filed through counsel Sudhir Puranik, the NMC chief informed the court that as many as 65 slums with multi-storey buildings in congested and commercial areas of the city were notified by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) as per the HC’s judgment in 2012 in the Manohar Bhadad versus Madhuri Walokar case where the civic body was restrained from taking action pertaining to demolition of such property.
After the HC’s directives, the NMC filed an affidavit on February 12, 2016, stating that 576 buildings in all the ten zones were surveyed of which 408 were found with proper parking space in accordance with the sanctioned plan.
In 148 buildings, illegal construction/encroachment in the parking area was found. Unauthorize construction was removed from 131 structures. The NMC had directed every zone to constitute a special squad for demolition of unauthorized constructions. The panel comprised PWD’s deputy engineer as its head. The other members of the panel were the junior engineer, civil engineering assistant and sanitary inspector.
The NMC chief pointed out that there were two planning authorities — NMC and NIT — and that the HC had directed both authorities to comply with its directives. “The buildings within the NMC’s jurisdiction are inspected on a regular basis. Notices were issued to those occupying parking space,” he said.
In the last hearing, the HC censured the civic body for only issuing notices to offenders who occupy parking space for other means in blatant violation of norms. The petitioners are praying for ending the menace of commercial establishments in Dhantoli which was once renowned as a locality of the ‘rich and famous’. Now, it has completely turned into a concrete jungle after many hospitals, coaching classes and food joints cropped up in the area, primarily because of permission granted by the NMC without verification.
A majority of them have gobbled up the parking space and are using it for other purposes in gross violation of norms.
Many hotels lack parking space
The petitioner pointed out the absence of stipulated parking places at popular eateries on the stretch from Panchasheel Talkies to Mehadia Square. As a result of this mess, there is severe congestion and frequent traffic jams throughout the day.
His counsels orally named Ganesh Sagar and other popular food joints that are operating from the basement of various commercial complexes which don’t have parking space for the vehicles. The petitioner also highlighted the fact that due to the NMC bus depot operating from Patwardhan ground and a private depot of buses going to the Madhya Pradesh, there is total chaos in the area, particularly during office hours and in the evening. The Dhantoli Mandal prayed for directives to the NMC to take pro-active steps for easing the flow of traffic from the entire area.
- Over 90 flat owners face eviction as Nagpur civic body officials 'flout norms'
NMC officials had even approved the revised building plan and issued occupancy certificate (OC) to the building named Garden Enclave without fire NOC and compliance.Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | January 04, 2020, 15:00 IST
NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) Fire and Emergency Services Department has declared as unsafe a residential building at Ganeshpeth and directed its 96 flat owners to vacate it, following alleged irregularities committed by the civic officials and the builder.
Interestingly, NMC officials had even approved the revised building plan and issued occupancy certificate (OC) to the building named Garden Enclave without fire NOC and compliance.
The alleged irregularities came to fore after one of the flat owners, Laxmikant Murarka, obtained documents from NMC under the RTI Act. “Fire department on August 10, 2018, issued a notice declaring all flats unsafe and directed occupants to vacate the them immediately. The flat owners’ association requested builder to ensure all permissions from fire department but to no avail,” he said.
According to Murarka, the builder has not installed any fire system. “Also, the builder has done unauthorized construction. Despite the issues being related to builder, the flat owners are collecting money and doing whatever they can to avoid any risk to their families and lessen impact of fire department’s action,” he said.
Additional chief fire officer BP Chandankhede told TOI that as on date the flat scheme lacks fire compliance. “Further action like disconnection of water and power supply or registration of FIR has not been taken as flat owners have assured mandatory fire systems will be installed and compliance of directives,” he said.
Documents obtained under RTI revealed that the NMC Dhantoli Zone issued OC to the flat scheme on May 17, 2012. It’s an irregularity if OC is issued in absence of fire compliance certificate.
A fire department’s letter dated June 12, 2018 — also obtained under RTI Act — to the builder Suhasini Realty revealed that NMC town planning department approved revised building plan without revised NOC from fire department. “Fire NOC was issued to two wings of the scheme on March 29, 2008. Town planning department approved building on July 18, 2009. Revised building plan was approved on April 30, 2012, but without revised fire NOC. It is a very serious issue,” the letter stated.
Murarka said fire department should register FIR against builder like in other cases. “Builder would have installed fire systems and obtained fire compliance had the town planning department and Dhantoli zone made it mandatory as per norms. Fire department is not taking any action against builder. Also, despite complaints NMC higher-ups are not taking any action against officials of town planning department and NMC Dhantoli Zone,” he said.
Earlier, Murarka had exposed some serious irregularities by NMC officials, builder and architect. Following his complaint, Lakadganj zone had registered an offence against 13 NMC officials, representatives of builder and architect on April 11, 2018. The police is investigating the case and yet to submit chargesheet.
Lalitkumar Lohia from Suhasini Realiy has filed criminal application in Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court for quashing the FIR. The HC has scheduled next hearing on January 9.
Lohia denied allegations of irregularities by the firm and NMC. “We have the fire NOC and compliance certificate. OC was issued after getting fire compliance. We formed an association and handed over the scheme to it four years ago. All, except Murarka, have no complaints,” he alleged.
- Nagpur: 10% property tax rebate for adopting eco-friendly processes
NMC has become the first municipal corporation in the state to launch rebate for producing compost by garbage segregation, wastewater treatment and reuse, and persons with disabilities.Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | January 21, 2020, 13:00 IST
NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) general body on Monday approved rebate of 10% in property tax for houses adopting at least two of four eco-friendly projects — producing compost by garbage segregation, rainwater harvesting, wastewater treatment and reuse, and producing solar or any type of renewable power. Also, approval has been given for 50% rebate in property tax where persons with disabilities reside.
NMC has become the first municipal corporation in the state to launch rebate for producing compost by garbage segregation, wastewater treatment and reuse, and persons with disabilities.
From April 1, 2015, NMC has been giving rebate of 5% for houses having solar power system or rainwater harvesting system. But the rebate is on general tax, one of the components in property tax. The rebate was very low and failed to encourage people to adopt eco-friendly projects.
Now, the civic body has changed the system and launched rebate system on entire property tax, excluding three components of state government, which are minimal in total property tax. Also, NMC has included producing compost by garbage segregation and wastewater treatment and reuse. The taxpayer will be eligible for 5% rebate for adopting only one of the four eco-friendly projects.
The civic body has miserably failed to encourage garbage segregation and reuse of wet waste at households itself, which led to this rebate offer.
Taxpayers can avail the rebate only if they pay property tax regularly. The taxpayer will have to declare eco-friendly projects, after which tax inspector or assistant engineer from zone will inspect and certify it every year.
A NMC official told TOI this will be implemented from fiscal 2020-21, which begins from April 1, 2020. “Demand notes for current fiscal have been distributed. Also, the department will have to change the format in the systems,” he said.
The decision to give 50% rebate in property tax for persons with disabilities will be submitted to the state government before implementation. The benefit will be given in case any one member of the family has certificate issued by civil surgeon.
Earlier, NMC had decided to give rebate to senior citizens. But in this case, the owner of the building should be a senior citizen.
The general body has also approved a proposal to establish a plant to treat 200 metric tonne (MT) mixed garbage at Bhandewadi dumping yard on DFBOOT basis. The private operator will be leased 4 acres to develop a plant at its cost, operate and maintain for 15 years.
Mayor Sandip Joshi said, “This plant will ensure scientific disposal of entire city’s mixed garbage. NMC has proposed various projects to reuse the segregated garbage. Plant will be closed down if 100% garbage segregation is achieved.”
The general body also approved the proposal to establish Plastic Waste to Fuel Plant to be developed by Pune-based Keshav-Sita Memorial Foundation Trust, under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds. NMC will lease 8,000 sq ft land and build a shed. The firm will operate and maintain the plant for 10 years and hand over entire project to NMC free of cost.
The general body also approved a proposal to set up a plant for treatment and reuse of 200 MT construction and demolition waste in 4 acres land at Bhandewadi dumping yard on DFBOOT model. The operator will develop, operate and maintain the project for 15 years.
Similarly, the general body cleared the proposal to develop Semi-Automatic Material Recovery Facility at Bhandewadi dumping yard with capacity of 200 MT, where dry waste will be disposed off in scientific manner. NMC will lease one acre land and operator will operate and maintain it for five years at its cost. Here, the operator will accept and pay for all types of dry waste, including paper, plastic and others.
- Nagpur civic body to fine owners of vacant plots for failing to stop littering
In a proposal submitted before the standing committee, the department has also sought nod to auction such properties if owners fail to keep the place clean.Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | January 24, 2020, 16:00 IST
NAGPUR: Owners of vacant plots in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) limits will be fined if they fail to stop people from littering their property. The NMC’s health department has proposed to impose garbage lifting charge of Rs50 per sq mtr from such owners.
In a proposal submitted before the standing committee, the department has also sought nod to auction such properties if owners fail to keep the place clean.
Health department prepared the proposal after mayor Sandip Joshi received complaints from several residents about how open plots were posing serious health hazards due to accumulation of garbage and stagnation of water for many years.
The proposal states that if garbage is found on any open plot, the department would issue a notice to clear it in two days. If the owner failed to heed to the notice, the cost involved in clearing the litter will be recovered from the defaulting owners, the proposal stated. If the owner fails to pay the expenses incurred and in stopping garbage being dumped on his/her property, the NMC will auction such properties under relevant sections of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act.
In the past, the corporation had asked the owners of open plots to remove bushes, garbage, trash and fence their property. Corporators like Abha Pande had raised the issue on several occasions at the general body meeting.
The NMC had, in 2014, passed strict bylaws for dumping, collection and destruction of waste on open plot control rule. It had provision to levy a fine up to Rs5,000 or filing a police complaint against such plot owners. The bylaws for Dumping, Collection and Destruction of Waste on Open Plot Control Rule, 2014 were forwarded to the state government for approval on March 15, 2016. However, they have not been cleared yet,” said a senior official from NMC’s health (sanitation) department.
“As a result, we could not take punitive measures against the nuisance makers,” the official claimed.
Recently, Joshi directed assistant municipal commissioners of all 10 zones and property tax department to identify private and government plots being used as garbage grounds and warned their owners. The officials will take a photograph of the garbage before removing it and use it as evidence.
* NMC’s health department (medicine) has sought nod to appoint 29 doctors including one physician, two gynecologists, 11 male doctors, two homeopaths, eight ayurvedic medicos on contract basis for its clinics. The department will require Rs93.60 lakh
* Sports and cultural department has demanded Rs46.35 lakh for organizing three-day Vaishakh Din Mahotsav to mark birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha
* Garden department seeks Rs31.32 lakh and Rs24.82 lakh for developing garden in Yogeshwar Gruh Nirman Housing Society and Vaishno Devi Nagar, respectively
* General administration department has sought nod to empower civic chief to appoint a security agency to deploy guards on its premises. NMC spends over Rs7.30 crore per annum on 300 security guards at its various establishments and offices
- Auction government properties to recover tax: Nagpur Municipal Commissioner
Currently, the central government has 314 properties and has pending property tax dues to the tune of Rs37.86 crore.TNN | January 31, 2020, 15:00 IST
NAGPUR: Municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe on Thursday directed NMC’s property tax department to auction government properties to recover tax dues. He issued the directives after a review meeting of the property tax department.
Currently, the central government has 314 properties and has pending property tax dues to the tune of Rs37.86 crore. Similarly, various state government offices own 146 properties and have not paid Rs19.51 crore in NMC property tax, tax department officials informed Mundhe in a power point presentation on Thursday.
The tax department also informed the civic chief about Rs290.83 crore property tax arrears from 2,57,237 property owners and Rs99.07 crore from owners of 72,309 open plots. The civic chief expressed concern over poor property tax recovery.
He also asked about measures being adopted by the tax department to recover dues from defaulting property owners, said sources. The department informed the civic chief about its initiative of auctioning private properties to recover tax dues. So far, NMC has auctioned 150 properties of which 12 sale deeds have been executed, while due to lack of response from bidders, NMC changed the ownership rights of 138 properties.
Besides this, it has also issued warrant notices to 9,745 property owners and also executed seizure notices to 2,595 property owners. Besides this, the department has also started the process to auction another 495 properties of tax defaulters.
To this, Mundhe directed the tax department to concentrate on improving property tax collection from both private and government properties owners. The municipal commissioner said the department should start initiating auction of properties of government offices too. Henceforth, the department will first issue warrant notices, followed by seizure notices, and then auction the properties of government departments if they fail to clear their outstanding property tax dues.
- Fire department declares 1,482 buildings in Nagpur unsafe in fresh survey
They include all types, from residential properties to educational institutions, hospitals, industrial structures, bar and restaurant, mercantile centres, and mixed occupancies. Sarfaraz Ahmed | TNN | February 24, 2020, 17:00 IST
NAGPUR: The number of unsafe buildings has significantly gone up in the last two years, shows the latest survey by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) fire and emergency services department. As on January 20, 2020, the department has declared 1,482 city structures unsafe under the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act 2006 city.
They include all types, from residential properties to educational institutions, hospitals, industrial structures, bar and restaurant, mercantile centres, and mixed occupancies. The department has collated data of errant structures following inspections under two drives.
In one, the department assessed 4,433 structures having first fire NOC while in the second it inspected 994 which were governed by old norms, prior to 2006. The latter group also includes 64 places where tuition classes are run. The department has served notices to disconnect power and water supplies at 812 places. Another 180 government buildings have been audited by the department under the same action plan, officials said.
NMC is likely to publish a list with the names of these violators on its website in a couple of days.
Officials said in many cases the electrical and water supply departments have been reluctant to cut off connections as they include essential services. For example, 141 hospitals have been declared ‘unsafe’ but the civic body can’t disconnect power and water supply unless they are vacated. In 120 cases, FIR has been recommended for violations but the cops too are reluctant to go ahead.
On August 3, 2018, TOI had highlighted that 782 structures out of 1,759 were tagged ‘unsafe’ between April 2017 and March 2018. On September 12, 2018, Nagpur bench of Bombay high court had taken sou motu cognisance of the TOI report and initiated proceedings. NMC officials may move the court over police inaction in these cases.
At the same time, among the 4,433, compliance has been completed by 367 property owners. Of the 994, just 97 fixed the deviations and adopted fire safety measures. The department brought the old structures too under its crackdown as large number of people visit these places.
Against the backdrop of the 367 compliances, the jump in unsafe number to 1,482 indicates violations are rampant, while detection too gained pace following a rap from the HC.
Officials said the data gives status of contraventions and fire and safety audit of around 3,300 structures.
The figures are as on January 20, 2020, while the department’s inspection is going on. Officials said each month around 100 structures are being added to the list of violators.
Also, the department has identified 1,414 structures where inspection is yet to be conducted. The inspections are going on for the last five years.
- Nagpur: 16 years on, 250 flat owners in Vyankatesh Nagar await mutation
Thakur said the state government had acquired over 38 acres land in Nandanwan under ULC Act, but the same as returned to land owners under Talegaon Dabhade scheme.Anjaya Anparthi | TNN | February 26, 2020, 11:00 IST
NAGPUR: Over 250 flats owners in Vyankatesh Nagar, one of the biggest residential colonies in East Nagpur, are running from pillar to post for mutation of their flats in City Survey records despite no fault of theirs.
According to secretary of Vyankatesh Nagar Owners Association Suraj Singh Thakur, who is also BJP city vice-president, “Over 250 families are facing several hardships because of “irregularities” by the developer and red-tapism on part of concerned government departments.”
Thakur said the state government had acquired over 38 acres land in Nandanwan under ULC Act, but the same as returned to land owners under Talegaon Dabhade scheme. A developer decided to construct a housing scheme there with 26 towers comprising 416 flats and 110 twin-house bungalows in 2003 on the basis of power of attorney from all 29 land owners.
The Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) sanctioned layout and building plan of the scheme in 2003. Several citizens booked flats/ bungalows after verifying the sanctioned plan and inked agreement to sale with the developer which was duly registered with the registrar’s office. Most of the flat buyers availed home loan from banks, which verified the documents through their surveyors and legal experts before sanctioning the amount. The buyers were handed over the possession by 2004.
In the meanwhile, the land was brought under the Nagpur Municipal Corporation jurisdiction, which sanctioned the revised plan in 2006.
By 2009, nearly 50% of the buyers got their sale deeds executed followed by mutation. After some delay, sale deed of the remaining properties were also executed.
However, in 2017, one of the land owners lodged a complaint with the authorities alleging forgery in power of attorney documents. Following the complaint, City Survey department refused to execute mutations citing the objection from one of land owners.
In March 2017, crime branch’s special investigation team (SIT) registered a case against the developer on charges of forgery.
“The NIT or NMC are duty-bound to verify each and every document before sanctioning a layout and building plan,” said Thakur, who is also one of the aggrieved buyers. “The buyers are unnecessarily facing the brunt of the “misdeeds” of a developer and government departments,” he alleged.
As the mutation proceedings were halted, aggrieved buyers approached revenue minister in Devendra Fadnavis cabinet Chandrakant Patil in August 2018 and apprised him of their plight. Accordingly, state’s revenue department on September 25, 2018, directed collector’s office to investigate the matter and submit a report. However, the collector’s office has not submitted the report even after 17 months.
As nothing has moved since then, over 250 buyers are unable to mortgage the property for availing loan nor they are able to sell it in the absence of mutation. They, however, have to repay the home loan and also pay property tax to the civic body.
Superintendent of land records GB Daberao, under whom the City Survey offices comes, told TOI that he was not aware of the case. “I will go through the details and do the needful,” he said.
Collector Ravindra Thakre did not respond to TOI’s call and message.
- Nagpur: Auction notice issued to owner regularly paying property tax
Gotmare, who stays in east Nagpur, owns a 216 sq m plot in front of Mankapur police station in Zingabai Takli. “Since purchase of the plot, I have never defaulted on property tax,” claimed 80-year-old and retired ZP official Gotmare.TNN | February 26, 2020, 15:00 IST
NAGPUR: The functioning of Mangalwari zone’s assistant municipal commissioner Harish Raut has once again come under scanner. This time, for issuing auction notice to a property owner who has been regularly paying property tax for an open plot in Zingabai Takli.
Senior Shiv Sena corporator Kishore Kumeriya said that apart from the affected resident, Vasantrao Gotmare, he too has submitted a written complaint to municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe and demanded an inquiry into the matter.
Gotmare, who stays in east Nagpur, owns a 216 sq m plot in front of Mankapur police station in Zingabai Takli. “Since purchase of the plot, I have never defaulted on property tax,” claimed 80-year-old and retired ZP official Gotmare.
For the current fiscal, Gotmare paid the property tax on May 30, 2019 itself and despite this, on December 12, the Mangalwari zone’s assistant municipal commissioner Harish Raut through an advertisement published Gotmare’s name along with other property owners’ names to auction their properties for defaulting NMC’s property tax. The advertisement shows that Gotmare has defaulted tax to the tune of Rs1.47 lakh. The advertisement also had some errors in Gotmare’s address.
Actually, it was not for the first time that the zone had carried out blunder. In November 2017 Raut did the same mistake.
Raut was not available for comments, while deputy municipal commissioner Mahesh Moroney assured to look into the matter.