BMC yet to assess holding tax of Commissionerate Police building after 13 years

Prameyanews English

Published By : Prameya News Bureau | January 09, 2024 IST

Commissionerate Police building

Bhubaneswar, Jan 9: The Commissionerate Police building got functional in 2011. However, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has not assessed the building's holding tax after 13 years.

Similarly, the civic body has not conducted assessment of several new and old police stations under its jurisdiction following which holding tax of lakhs of rupees has been pending.

Though the Commissionerate Police has asked the BMC several times for assessment, it has shown no interest in this regard.

The civic body has also not conducted assessment of Kharvel Bhawan that is functioning since September 2017 and its own building functioning in Satya Nagar for around a year.

According to BMC sources, various government offices together have over Rs 30 crore of holding tax dues. Several government offices are yet to pay the dues despite several reminders, said an official of the civic body.

The BMC had set a target of Rs 115 crore holding tax for the financial year 2023-24 and Rs 85 crore has been assessed. However, it has managed to collect only Rs 30 crore till end of December.

The government offices have over Rs 30 crore dues. As many as 62 government offices have not submitted the dues in south-east zone and 42 in south-west zone. Most of the offices have pending arrears for years.

We will soon conduct assessment of the buildings. Similarly, the BMC has prepared a list of government establishments to send reminders asking them to clear the dues by the end of the current fiscal, said BMC Commissioner Vijay Amruta Kulange.

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