AURANGABAD: With the current financial year coming to an end, principal secretary of the state urban development department (UDD) on Friday asked the heads of respective municipal bodies across the Marathwada region to improve the collection figures of various taxes. Till date, the collection figures through property tax stands at 47% and 32% through water tax.
In a meeting attended by senior officials from across eight districts of the region, principal secretary Shrikant Singh directed them to ensure 100% recovery of property and water taxes before the end of the fiscal.
During the financial year 2013-14, as many as 54 civic bodies spread across eight districts in the region were supposed to collect Rs 56.23 crore through property taxes and Rs 59.41 crore in the form of water tax. However, according to the data presented to the principal secretary, only Rs 26.82 crore and Rs 19.73 crore has been collected through property and water taxes respectively.
UDD director Purshottam Bhapkar, who was also present in the meeting, told TOI, "The recovery by the civic bodies across the region, especially by the departments of property water taxes, is very low. After going through the figures put forth by the Aurangabad divisional commissionorate's general administration department, the principal secretary has directed the concerned officials to ensure cent per cent recovery before March 31."
Singh also reviewed the expenditures made under the urban infrastructure development scheme for small & medium towns (UDISSMT) in the region. As per the scheme, Rs 371.83 crore was allotted to the civic bodies of which Rs 340 crore was spent.
Officials said the UIDSSMT aims at improving urban infrastructure in towns and cities in a planned manner. It shall subsume the existing integrated development of small and medium towns scheme and accelerated urban water supply programme.