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Court tough against Shimla Tax defaulters

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shimla_view_The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Thursday asked the state government to direct all the concerned departments to make payment of house tax within four weeks and the Municipal Corporation to make effective recoveries within 4 weeks.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice D.C. Chaudhary passed these orders on a petition taken up suo moto by the Court on a news item regarding non-realization of house tax by the Municipal Corporation, Shimla.

In an affidavit filed before the Court, the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Shimla informed the Court that after the High Court took cognizance of the matter, the Corporation was able to recover an amount of Rs. 3,66,11,919/- against total recovery of Rs. 5.50 crore.

Now an amount of Rs. 1,83,88,081 is still to be recovered from remaining 557 defaulters, which includes an amount of Rs. 50 lacs due from six government departments, Boards and Corporation.

The M.C. also informed that the Municipal Corporation has finalized the property taxation bye-laws, which have been notified on February 13, 2015 and annual assessment notices are in process of being issued to the owners and occupiers of lands and buildings falling within municipal corporation limits.
The Corporation has also engaged the consultant to carry out house to house survey of properties and prepare property tax database.

The Court posted the matter for April 23, 2015.

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