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Mumbai: Civic body sees 50% rise in tax collection

11:16 AM May 30, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

Mumbai: The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) has witnessed a 50 per cent hike in overall collection of taxes for civic services in the form old currency notes in the last eight days.

The citizens have complained of facing hurdles in exchanging old notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denomination. The citizens were seen running from pillar to post after centre’s sudden move to demonetize currencies. After the government directed government organizations to accept the old currencies a rise in the overall collections was recorded.

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Since November 8-16, the state government collected Rs 766.47crores from all its civic bodies. Among the civic bodies across the state, Mumbai topped the list with a collection of Rs 191crore in old currencies, followed by Pune (Rs 101crore), Kalyan-Dombivili (Rs 32crore), Thane (Rs 30crore), Navi Mumbai (Rs 29 crore), Mira-Bhayendar (Rs 29crore), Pimpri-Chinchwad (Rs 28crore), Ulhasnagar (Rs 26crore) and Solapur (Rs 18crore).

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A senior civic official said, “There is a 50 per cent hike in the overall collections compared to the collections of the week before demonetization. The increase in the collections is because of the water bills as property taxes are mostly collected by other payment modes however, water bills are collected in cash. Surprisingly, post demonetization, citizens have paid up their taxes before the given time.”

S Kabare, Assessor and collector, said, “The property taxes are paid mostly by cheque. Citizens have a time frame to pay up their property taxes and we offer concessions to those who pay their taxes before the time period. On an average, we collect Rs 1-2crore each day on property taxes. ”

It may be recalled that RTI activist Anil Galgali had claimed that the MCGM offices are not accepting old currencies despite of which the civic body has managed to bag the highest amount.

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