PMC to initiate survey to fix revenue deficit

Published: 12 November, 2013 01:41 IST | Niranjan Medhekar |

The civic body's income has come down since the implementation of LBT, as a replacement for octroi

In an attempt to manage the shortfall of Local Body Tax (LBT) collected by Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) compared to the earlier octroi, the civic body will soon initiate an extensive survey to inspect properties and open spaces in the city to generate additional revenue through charging fine on illegal practices.

Up in arms: The decision to replace octroi with LBT had been greeted by widespread protests. File pic

PMC has appointed 76 clerical staffers of various departments who will carry out the study between November 15 and December 31.  Speaking to MiD DAY, PMC additional commissioner Rajendra Jagtap said, “The survey will concentrate on three fronts: is a property meant for residential use being utilised for commercial purposes, are open spaces being used for any illegal activities, and are any constructions being carried out by flouting PMC rules.”

Each surveyor would be accompanied by a security guard. The PMC administration would receive daily reports from them and would then decide the future course of action. “If any citizen feels illegal activities are going on in open spaces or in any property, he or she can directly contact us. We will take immediate action after examining the matter,” Jagtap said.  It’s been seven months since PMC introduced LBT by replacing octroi.  

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