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In a first, BMC seizes 2 helicopters for property tax dues
In a first, BMC seizes 2 helicopters for property tax dues

Mumbai, Feb 26 (TIWN) In an unprecedented move, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has seized two helicopters of MESCO Airline for non-payment of Property Tax (PT) dues of over Rs 16 million for the current year (2019-2020).

The action is in tune with the BMC Municipal Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi's announcement in the last civic budget on measures to jack up the outstanding PT dues collection by adopting stringent measures. He had said that the BMC will issue notices, disconnect water supply, attach and auction of commercial and industrial establishments, lands, etc for defaulters on PT and Water Tax. 

Pardeshi said that after the BMC attached 1,237 properties of defaulters last year, there was a stupendous 84 per cent rise in the recovery of dues compared to the previous fiscal. The BMC also disconnected the water supply of a prominent commercial complex, Wadhwa Trade Centre, Kalina for alleged default of Rs 13.30 crore PT since 2013 of which around 15 per cent has been paid. 

The Wadhwa Group has challenged the BMC's contention claiming it owed around Rs 6 crore including half which is to be paid by the building society, and said it would clear its share of the dues soon. Pardeshi had said that compared with the 2019-2020 budget estimates of PT collection of Rs 5016 crore, the BMC had netted a paltry Rs 1,810 crore till January, though the figure has now crossed around Rs 3,000 crore and the civic body races to achieved its target before March 31.

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