Chandigarh Municipal Corp demands Rs.1.27 Crore tax from railway station

चंडीगढ़ Chandigarh (CDG): The municipal corporation (MC) has sent a notice to the railway station demanding Rs 1.27 crore as property tax, a move that comes after various government departments were asked about their enhanced constructed portions that incurred service charges.

Joint municipal commissioner Rajiv Gupta said, “We have sent the notice under Section 138 of Punjab Municipal Corporation Act (extended to Chandigarh) to the railway station and asked them to submit the tax. If the amount is not paid, the next course of action will be decided accordingly.”

A senior official of the MC said, “We have clearly mentioned in the notice that if they will not pay the money, strict action will be taken against them. This includes resumption of property. They have not paid the tax amount from the year 2004.”

Sources said most of the other departments of the central government were also issued notices, including the postal department. They all have deposited their service charge amounts to the MC, but the railways remained reluctant.

Since most of the government organizations, departments of Central, Punjab and Haryana governments and UT administration have covered open spaces by constructing new buildings, the MC had recently written to eight key departments to submit details of their newly constructed areas along with other relevant information to calculate fresh amount of tax. These departments were estate office, chief engineer office, registrar of PU, director health services, UT, director principal, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, director, PGI, secretary, market committee and Chandigarh Housing Board secretary.