SCR Vijayawada Division owes Rs.8 crore Tax Arrears to City Municipa Corp

13DCVJRAILVijayawada: Senior VMC officials said the railways owes property and drainage tax arrears to the tune of Rs 8 crore.

They said the tax dues plus the interest to the municipal corporation have been pending for the last five years.

Acting swiftly, municipal officials on Saturday sealed the Railway Protection Force (RPF) police station near the milk project area in what could be seen as a fallout of the dispute between RPF and the civic body over construction of a drain at K L Rao Nagar in Chittinagar area.

“Since the railways ignored notices to pay the taxes which amount to around Rs 8 crore, our officials put the seal on the police station last month,” VMC commissioner G Veerapandian told.

With RPF continuing to oppose construction of the drain, Veerapandian met senior railway officials and tried to reason it out.

“The drain does not pass through railways-owned land,” a senior VMC official said. The proposal for a drain from Chittinagar to the milk factory is part of the road extension for which houses and other structures have been demolished.

RPF personnel allegedly manhandled a revenue inspector when he went to the spot for conducting an inspection a week ago. Taking umbrage to this, VMC officials said the area where the drain is proposed to be built belongs to the corporation.

Meanwhile, senior railway officials are tight-lipped on the matter.

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