MNS takes a leaf out of PMC's book

Apr 18, 2013, 06:54 IST | A Correspondent

Party workers bang drums playing music outside PMPML's Swargate office, as transport body hasn't paid property tax to the tune of Rs 57 lakh

Taking a cue from the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) ploy of playing loud music outside the houses of property tax defaulters, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers employed a similar tactic outside the civic body’s sister concern yesterday.

Gathering outside the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) head office in Swargate, MNS party workers played the drums demanding that PMPML pay the Rs 57 lakh property tax arrears, which is outstanding since 2006.

“To recover property tax, the civic body officials play the band in front of households of defaulters. We adopted the same procedure by playing music in front of the PMPML office,” said Vasant More, MNS corporator.

“It was clearly specified that PMPML should pay the property tax after it was established that it was a separate company. The General Body passed a resolution to this effect in 2006. On November 5, 2012, Hemant Nikam, deputy commissioner and head of the property tax department, had sent a notice to recover the amount, but did not receive a reply. Till now Rs 57 lakh are pending by way of property tax.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena workers have given an eight-day deadline to PMPML. “After eight days, we will play the band in front of the Mayor and Municipal Commissioner’s office,” More said.  

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