The Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) has prepared about 5,000 bills to recover the revenue from the non-residential property owners in the city who have failed to deposit tax in the past two years. In the last two years, the corporation had set the target of collecting the revenue of Rs 50 crore as property tax but it could not be achieved due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As per the official sources, the registration of the properties increased in the last financial year but it still could not help the corporation to achieve the set target of the property tax as most of them were residential properties and many even converted their commercial establishments to residential properties owing to the loss during the pandemic.
The municipal tax superintendent Dharmesh Painuly said that the tax section has prepared about 5,000 bills to send to the owners of commercial establishments including the buildings of government, non-government and aided organisations out of which, about 1,400 bills have already been sent to the owners. "As per the orders of the mayor Sunil Uniyal 'Gama', we are trying to maximise the recovery of property tax this year. Since the amount paid by non-residential taxpayers is more, we are currently focussing on them to maximise our revenue collection," stated Painuly. He said that there is over Rs 12 crore pending property tax by non-residential property owners in the past two years. Talking about the camps organised by the corporation to increase the tax collection from September 1, Painuly said that MCD is receiving a great response from the public for organising camps. He informed that the corporation has collected the revenue of about Rs 40 lakh through seven camps and the total property tax collection is about Rs 4.50 crore.
He said that MCD has also decided to organise more camps for property tax submission till September 27 to make it accessible for locals. Three camps will be organised at Chakshahnagar on September 15, 21, 23, two camps will be held at Defence Colony on September 20 and 22 while the remaining will be held at Panditwari and Ballupur on September 24, 25 and 27 respectively, informed Painuly.