Properties of Mayawati, Sharmila figure in NDMC tax arrears lis
As reported in indianexpress.com on 31 August 2011:
Properties of Mayawati, Sharmila figure in NDMC tax arrears list
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has put online a list of properties that owe it property tax, including those in the name of UP Chief Minister Mayawati and actress Sharmila Tagore, which has been calculated at a whopping Rs 650 crore. The list compiles dues till April 1 this year. Out of this list, 79 properties/owners owe NDMC an amount of Rs 396 crore.
The staggering figure, revealed from an RTI filed a few weeks ago, is distributed among 6,814 property owners. The information is now available on the NDMC’s website under the subhead “property tax arrears”.
Prominent names in the list of arrears include that of senior Congress leaders such as Karan Singh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and actress Sharmila Tagore. Names of some of the biggest hotels in the city — Taj Palace, Maurya Sheraton, The Leela Palace, Asoka Hotel — also feature in the list.
A few ministries have also made it to the list. An office of the Urban Development Ministry located at Zakir Hussain Marg alone owes more than Rs 9 crore. A Ministry of Home Affairs office located on Jantar Mantar Road owes it more than Rs 18 lakh.
Senior NDMC officials say that the arrears are cumulative and do not pertain only to the current financial arrears. “Many of the cases are under dispute, but since an RTI was filed, the reply had to be given,” said a senior official of the NDMC.
Apart from tackling the cases in law, the Council has also kept the options of amnesty open for these property owners. It says that settlement can also be reached separately, provided the property owners drop the cases in court.
“We have been launching the amnesty and settlement schemes periodically. In 2009, we had launched a massive amnesty schemes for property owners against whom massive arrears had been registered at the end of the financial year,” he added.