PUNE: After chief minister Prithviraj Chavan gave assurance of giving rebate in the property tax for Information Technology (IT) units, the standing committee of Pune Municipal Corporation on Monday approved a proposal of charging property tax from upcoming IT industries at residential rates and not commercial rates.
The decision has been taken to promote IT sector in Pune. Few days back only, Baramati Lok Sabha MP Supriya Sule had met Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan in Mumbai for giving rebate in property tax for IT industry in Hinjewadi IT park which falls under her Lok Sabha constituency.
During that meeting, Chavan had assured to impose the tax on IT units as per residential rates.
A proposal in this regarding was before the Standing Committee which the committee approved on Monday. The IT units were eligible for property tax at residential rates as per the provisions of the IT policy of 2003.
The IT companies were paying property tax to PMC at residential rates till 2008 till the policy expired after which the PMC was charging property tax at commercial rate.
Vishal Tambe, standing committee chairman of PMC said, “The IT companies which will be registered with PMC will be charged property tax as per the residential rate and not commercial rate. The decision has been taken to promote the IT sector in the city.”
However, congress party has apposed the decision. Arvind Shinde, opposition leader said, “ We are opposing the decision and we are going to protest against it.”