89 properties to go under the hammer
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 Gandhibagh zone 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.