Over 92 properties belonging to tax defaulters in five zones will now be auctioned by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation. This decision comes up after the civic body enclosed over 1,000 properties across the city.
According to a report published in TOI, an officer informed that Mangalwari zone’s seven properties will be auctioned on November 11. Also, 16 properties from Hanuman Nagar zone will go for auction. Similarly, seven from Lakadganj zone will be auctioned on November 15. 13 properties from Gandhibagh (13) and Satranjipura zones (49) are set for auction on November 20.
If compared with the 2.09 lakh defaulters in all 10 zones who together owe NMC Rs 257.36 crore, the properties that are being auctioned seem to be very small. The sad part is that even after extending the deadline for paying the property tax, the owners haven't taken efforts to pay their taxes. To waive off the defaulters, the NMC had launched two amnesty schemes for up to 90% fines and interest on property tax, but it received a poor response.
The officer said, "In the first step, we attached the premises of defaulters under Section 42 of Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act. After this, we give them 21 days to clear the dues."
He also said that a final warning will be given to the owners to pay the arrears or their properties would be auctioned to recover the dues.
"In the first lot, we will publicly auction 92 properties, most of which are open plots. NMC has already issued notices to property owners intimating them of the proposed auction dates. In the notice, we have stated the cost incurred in organizing the public auction will be recovered from the sale proceedings," he added.
For the buyers who buy these properties in the auction, NMC will issue a sale certificate and also help them to register the properties in their name. However, the tax department will also organize a workshop for assistant municipal commissioners of all 10 zones to avoid any legal complications.
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