HYDERABAD: Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) commissioner Somesh Kumar has said the corporation will reach the magic figure of Rs 1,111 crore in property tax collections by March 31. Till Saturday, the corporation could collect Rs 895 crore, which was Rs 148 crore more than the last financial year's collection of Rs 747 crore, he added.
Speaking to the media after visiting a citizen service centre at Khairatabad municipal office on Sunday, the commissioner said the citizen service centres would function on Monday (Ugadi ) to receive property tax payment till 8 pm and online payments till 12 midnight on Monday.
The commissioner said that the GHMC had taken up various steps for improving collection of property tax by involving 135 special drive teams with 650 members, 37 focus teams with 116 members, 329 bill collectors with 1,023 teams, all bill collectors were given four to six persons from various wings for assistance and also to ensure that all properties were covered and also to create awareness among payers regarding interest waiver and modes of payment. He said that there were about 760 court cases covering nearly Rs 100 crores of demand and during the special drive, more than 200 cases have been settled.
Somesh Kumar said two rounds of 'Property Tax Parishkaram' programmes were conducted in all circles and 1,148 grievances pertaining to property tax were settled during the programmes. Separate call centres have also been established and calls were made to 1,55,668 property tax payers requesting them to pay tax before March 31, he added.
After the GO (No.90) was issued by the municipal administration and urban development (MA&UD) department on waiver of interest on tax arrears, 1,51,000 tax payers had utilized this facility, he added. He further said that special arrangements were made for Monday, the last day of property tax collection and being the festival of Ugadi, additional computer operators would be engaged to attend collection works. The commissioner also participated in the voter's awareness programme on 'My Vote—M y Right' at the GHMC central zone office at Khairatabad.