COIMBATORE: The city municipal corporation is resorting to stringent measures to ensure that property tax defaulters of the second half of 2013-14 financial year pay up the arrears without further delay.
As part of the initiative, the corporation has now issued a warning to apartment residents' welfare associations that the main water supply line to the entire complex will be severed even if one of the flat owners or occupants have not remitted their property tax to the civic body.
The corporation has also appealed through an official release to the representatives of all residential associations to take the initiative to ensure that all members in their complex make the payment without any further delay.
The last date for payment of property tax for the second half of the current financial year was October 15, 2013. The corporation is trying to ensure that maximum property tax payment is made before March 31.
However, the tough stance taken by the corporation has evoked mixed response from apartment dwellers. While some claim that the civic body should resort to such measures only after giving proper warnings to the defaulters, others were of the opinion that the strategy might be effective. But they want the corporation to initially focus on owners of commercial establishments figuring in the defaulter list before training their gun on the residents.
"It is not fair to disconnect the common water supply connection to the entire complex if one of the residents has not paid their dues. It will take a minimum of three to four weeks to get reconnection once the water connection is severed. Otherwise, the corporation should ensure that they will reconnect the water supply quickly once the pending amount is paid," said S Kanagasundaram, a resident near Nanjundapuram.
Corporation officials claimed that the defaulters were reminded to make the pending payment at the earliest. According to an office-bearer of a residents' welfare association of a community housing complex near Ramanathapuram, the decision to cut the main supply line is slightly harsh as there are more than 600 families residing in his complex and it is not practically possible to ensure that all of them have made their payments on time.
The corporation is presently engaged in various measures like putting up banners and also making announcements in residential areas to remind the residents about paying property tax and water charge arrears at the earliest. The corporation has also warned that commercial establishments that have not taken Dangerous and Offensive (D&O) Licenses will be sealed in the corporation limits.