JAIPUR: Continuing its drive to earn revenue, the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) attached the property of more commercial units for not paying advertisement fees for hoardings on Friday.
The corporation carried out drive in Mansarovar, Vidhyadhar Nagar and Civil lines zones, where properties including hotel, malls and cinema halls among others were sealed.
Many defaulters have deposited the fees at JMC after their offices were sealed. They have not deposited the advertisement fees for the year 2012-2013.
"There are dues of Rs 16 crore. The list is not prepared on how much money has been recovered as the zones have not submitted the details," a senior JMC official said.
Sohan Chaudhary, zone commissioner, Mansarovar, JMC, said hotel Royal Orchid situated near Durgapura has not deposited its dues of Rs 16 lakh.
In the same zone, dues of Rs 9.2 lakh of Hitech Computers, Rs 6.23 lakh of Bata showroom, Rs 4.57 lakh of Galaxy movie hall, Rs 1.86 lakh of Cafe Coffee Day, Rs 5.60 lakh of N-Mart, Rs 16.57 lakh of Panasonic showroom (Tonk road), Rs 9.47of Ayush Decor and Rs 4.37 lakh of Alpa Furnishing were not deposited.
However, the owner of an innovation institute situated near Gopalpura deposited his dues of Rs 1.57 lakh before the team reached his place.
The JMC has also sealed Well-Weather Park Mall for not paying dues of Rs 35 Lakh in urban development and sewerage tax. "Out of nine, six defaulters paid their dues on the spot after which their units were opened again," an official said.
In Civil Lines zone, the JMC sealed two malls including one marriage garden running illegally. Dues of Rs 38.41 lakh of MGF mall (Bais Godam), Rs 9.40 lakh of Big Bazaar were still not deposited. "The shops inside the MGF were closed all day as the mall was sealed," the official said.
In Vidhyadhar Nagar, JMC opened the seal from Crystal Mall after it deposited Rs 12.80 lakh. Similarly, Nath Optical shop too deposited it dues of Rs 1.50 lakh.
The drive has provided some relief to the JMC as it is facing acute shortage of funds since long. Also, it has to pay debts of Rs 400 crore and has a balance of only Rs 55 crore.
A member of the JMC finance committee said, "Thinking of a new project is a distant dream. The corporation is facing acute shortage of funds. We are now pressing hard on the officials to sell off JMC properties."
According to JMC officials, tax evasions by residents amounting to approximately Rs 350 crore have compounded JMC's problems, which are already reeling under financial crunch of Rs 450 crore. The corporation has to collect around UD tax from the residents.