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"NDMC soft on wealthy defaulters''

Sandeep Joshi

NEW DELHI: Year after year the audit reports of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) have been revealing the civic body's failure in improving collection of house tax and going soft on wealthy defaulters, but still its officials have failed to learn any lessons.

As a result, the NDMC in recent years has failed to collect house tax from over 5,500 property owners amounting to a whopping Rs.200crores.

Interestingly, there are several such taxpayers whose outstanding over the years have surpassed crores of rupees.

There are at least 25 such property taxpayers whose tax liability has crossed Rs.1crore, while around 40 house owners owe the civic body tax between Rs. 50 lakhs and Rs.1 crore and the number of defaulting taxpayers with dues between Rs. 25 lakhs and 50lakhs is over 50.

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Similarly, the NDMC has to collect tax between Rs.5lakhs and 25lakhs from over 500 taxpayers, between Rs.1lakh and 5lakhs from over 1,300 defaulters, from Rs.50,000-Rs. 1 lakh around 70, while 3,200 taxpayers have to pay house tax up to Rs.50,000.

Thus, there are over 5,800 properties on which house tax arrears of over Rs.230crores have accumulated over the years.

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