Wednesday, February 26, 2020

BMC seizes 2 choppers for unpaid property tax

Mumbai: With just a little more than a month left for the BMC to meet its property collection target for the financial year, the municipal corporation on Tuesday cracked the whip on two tax defaulters. It disconnected the water supply of a commercial building in Kalina, the Wadhwa Trade Centre, and sealed two helicopters of Mesco airlines in Juhu.
An official said it was the first time that action by the BMC involved movable property as well.

Municipal officials said the Wadhwa property owed the BMC Rs 13.3 crore, of which only around Rs 2 crore was paid. The payment has been pending since 2013. "Water supply will be restored after the remaining amount is paid," a municipal official from the assessment and collection department said.

A Wadhwa Group spokesperson said it had challenged the property tax assessment, claiming that the amount owed was not more than Rs 6 crore. "Of this, half the amount is to be paid by the building society. We will clear our share within the next few weeks," the spokesperson said. He said the BMC levied its building property tax rate applicable in the Bandra-Kurla Complex when its building is in Kalina.
26/02/20 Richa Pinto/Times of India
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