After officials of Amanora Special Township project refused to pay taxes to Sadesatranali grampanchyat, the Pune Zilla Parishad Panchayat issued an order ordering the project authorities to clear long-pending dues of the grampanchayat. As per the grampanchayat estimation, the tax amount is well over whopping Rs 10 crore.
Following the order, the elated grampanchyat members announced that the money would be spend to improve village’s road network, solve water supply issues and to ensure proper disposal of garbage.
MiD DAY has first reported the issue in its November 11, 2012 issue (No Tax, No Merger) when it conducted survey following a GR that was issued on the merger of 28 fringe villages in the limits of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).
Roopesh Tupe, deputy sarpanch of Sadesatranali grampanchayat, said, “The order was declared on February 27. However, we received the written copy from the Pune Zilla Parishad Panchayat Samiti office only on Thursday. The authorities of Amanora project have to pay property tax for all the flats, shops they have build in the township.
The taxes are pending since the past three years. The township had officials paid only Rs 72,954 in 2007, when they started their site office in the village.” He alleged that the project authorities kept grampanchayat in the dark and didn’t reveal when they would complete the project, the number of housing plots, shops and malls they would construct.
TV Jagtap, gramsevak of Sadesatranali grampanchayat, said, “Under Section 124 (5) of the Mumbai grampanchayat rules1958, the state government had given rights to grampanchayats to charge taxes. In addition, as per the state government’s GR issued in December 3, 2012, a grampanchayat can recover property tax based on the square feet area of each flat constructed on the grampanchayat land.”
The other side
Aniruddha Deshpande, managing director of Amanora Special Township said, “This issue is pending since the past 5 years, and the government had put a stay on it. Besides, the state government has appointed a special three-member secretary committee to look into issue of tax payment. We shall follow the orders of the committee, as it’s a higher an authority than the Pune Zilla Panchayat Samiti Office.”
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