MUMBAI: The BMC has issued a property attachment notice to the Sukhada and Shubhada housing societies for non-payment of property tax.
Top politicians own space in the societies, and some of them have been served notices in the past over unauthorized construction and illegal conversions.
It was earlier reported that the outstanding property tax of the two societies was Rs 16.5 crore, pending since 2006-07. A senior official said only Rs 2.6 crore was cleared despite reminders.
The notice was given to the society management on Thursday.
The BMC gave the societies 21 days to clear the dues, failing which it said it would attach the properties and hold an auction, said officials.
"The Sukhada and Shubhada societies have not cleared their pending property tax and water bills. Notice was served asking them to clear the dues by September 30, 2013. But the societies only made partial payments to the tune of around Rs 2.6 crore. Hence, notices have been again issued to them asking them to clear remaining dues," a senior civic official said.
If the societies fail to clear their dues, BMC will initiate auction of their properties. We will also take legal opinion on this, he added.
Sukhda-Shubhada Society, which has residential flats and commercial premises belonging to several top political leaders like Deputy chief minister and irrigation minister Ajit Pawar, former union home minister and governor of Punjab Shivraj Patil, State Pradesh Congress Committee chief Manikrao Thakre, forest minister Patangrao Kadam have been given notices by the BMC for authorized construction and illegal conversion of shops into commercial offices, luxury showrooms and commercial gyms were found in
The Sukhda-Shubhada societies have been built on the land earlier owned by Mumbai police. It was taken away from the Home Department and given to the political leaders for constructing posh flats and commercial premises in 2004. This was revealed in the right to information ( RTI) inquiry by social activists Amit Maru and YP Singh.