HYDERABAD: Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) commissioner Somesh Kumar has asked officials to complete the process of verification and assessment of buildings by March 20.
The commissioner on March 19 conducted a teleconference with all zonal commissioners and deputy commissioners and reviewed the progress of property tax collection. Speaking on the occasion, he said: “So far, the GHMC has issued 2,087 occupancy certificates (OC) to buildings in last three financial years covering a total net area of 40,28,412 square feet. The officials concerned have to take the date of issue of OC as the date for assessment of property tax of the building.”
The commissioner stated that the GHMC has issued 542 NoC for fire safety and property should be assessed from two-and-half years. He also said there were 760 court cases pending involving Rs 97.3 crore and lauded the officials for settling several court cases pertaining to property tax. He also suggested that if planned strategically all other cases would also be settled soon.
However, the GHMC official expressed anguish over non-utilisation of hand-held machines by some bill collectors for days together and asked the officials to take stern action against them.
So far, the GHMC has developed database containing only 32% phone numbers of property tax payers. The commissioner has asked officials to speed up the process to collect the phone numbers of remaining property owners within a week.