Bhubaneswar: Buildings Of Holding Tax Defaulters To Be Sealed


Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Sunday informed that buildings of the tax defaulters will be sealed.

In a letter to the all zonal deputy commissioners (ZDCs), the BMC directed to initiate certificate cases, under the OPDR Act 162, against all the defaulters.

Besides, ward supervisors have been asked to file requisition before the ZDCs accordingly.

Sources said the revenue collection of the civic body has reportedly been affected due to delay in completion of the survey of around 40,000 housing and commercial establishments. Less than 80 per cent of the survey has been completed so far for collection of property tax as per the revised benchmark of the land values.

The tax reassessment in different wards will come into effect retrospectively from April 1, 2019. The tax is being calculated at the rate of 17.5 per cent of the annual value of the building taking into account 0.5 per cent of the benchmark value of the property as of April 2019.

With several residents objecting to it stating that the new assessment increases holding tax manifold, the BMC, on the basis of an interim order of the High Court, has decided to collect 50 per cent of revised assessment amount to be paid towards any holding from 2019-20 to 2020-21.

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