Bhubaneswar, Aug 10: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has set a target to collect Rs 120 crore holding tax this financial year. However, only Rs 14 crore has been collected by May 31 which is just 11 percent of the target.
In 2021, the civic body had managed to collect only 60 percent of its holding tax target.
The BMC has set a target of Rs 32.90 crore from the southeast zone. But only Rs 2.98 crore has been collected in the last two months.
Similarly, it has targeted Rs 45 crore collection from the north zone with the collection of Rs 5 crore in two months and Rs 3 crore from the southwest zone.
Every year, the BMC sets a target for each ward officer to collect holding tax, but they find it difficult to meet.
The BMC had set a target of Rs 100 crore holding tax in 2020-21 and had collected Rs 62 crore tax.
Besides, it has collected Rs 5 crore other taxes in April and May against the target of Rs 157 crore.
Thousands of single-story buildings have turned multi-storeyed in areas like Unit – III, Unit – IV, Unit – VI, Unit – IX, Pokhariput, and Chandrasekharpur in the capital city of Odisha.
However, the holding tax is being collected as single-storeyed buildings from these houses.
It needs reassessment of tax for proper calculation of holding tax of buildings. The ward officers and zonal deputy commissioners have been directed for reassessment. However, nobody is working on it which results in the loss of revenue in crores, said a senior BMC official on condition of anonymity.
However, newly appointed BMC Commissioner Vijay Amruta Kulange said this year the civic body will collect 100 percent tax.