Property owners had been given a month’s time from December 14 to rectify errors in their property details, if they had declared them wrong, and pay the property tax.
Over three lakh residential and commercial properties in Bengaluru have come up without civic agencies’ approval and six lakh properties have violated bylaws or sanctioned plans, a BBMP survey says.
MK Gunashekar, chairman, BBMP standing committee for taxation and finance, told TOI property owners had been given a month’s time from December 14 to rectify errors in their property details, if they had declared them wrong, and pay the property tax.
“While some owners came forward to submit the right assessment of their properties, many remained silent on violations. We initiated a survey of properties in our eight zones. Preliminary findings say there are lakhs of violations of property tax and plan approvals,“ he said.
BBMP sources said of the six lakh properties with bylaw violations, two lakh are commercial and industrial structures like tech parks, malls, hotels, and commercial complexes.
The remaining four lakh properties with violations are houses and apartments built on 1,200 to 4,000-sqft plots. During the drive, about 100 companies came forward to rectify their property tax assessment, resulting in a tax recovery of Rs 200 crore. The survey is likely to end by March 31. Gunashekar said the survey is likely to end by March 31 and he hoped all properties would come under the tax net by then. “We are issuing notices to property owners who haven’t paid taxes or undervalued their properties. Violators will cough up hefty penalties -100% fine in some cases,“ he added.
BBMP officials said joint commissioners, deputy commissioners, revenue inspectors and assistant revenue inspectors at the zonal level have been told to bring more unassessed properties into the tax net. Officials in some zones have started issuing notices to property owners over wrong assessments and building plans. The notices have details on the property tax the owners must pay, a source said.
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