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Trader booked for unlocking sealed shop

Monday, March 20, 2017
By Suresh Golani

MBMC intensifies property tax recovery drive

Acting tough against stubborn property tax defaulters, the Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) filed a police complaint against a Bhayandar-based entrepreneur for illegally unlocking a commercial establishment which had been sealed by the civic body due to non-payment of civic dues.

A First Information Report under section 353 of the Indian Penal Code was registered at the Navghar police station in this context on Sunday against the illegal occupier. However, no arrests have been made so far in the case, police said.

According to municipal authorities, they had sealed the premises of Maharaja Sports located in the Doshi Udyog Nagar area of Bhayandar (east) owing to an outstanding amount of Rs 81,910 towards property tax which had remained unpaid despite several notices and reminders.

In his complaint to the police, ward officer Sunil Yadav stated, "We had no other option but to seal the property. However, during a follow-up to ensure that the defaulters had cleared their arrears, we found the premises to be unlocked and occupied in an unlawful manner.”

When contacted, Senior Police Inspector, Shrikant Padule, said, “Based on the complaint filed by municipal officials, we have registered an FIR. Investigations are on in the case and appropriate action would follow.”

To mop-up maximum tax dues, the civic administration has intensified its recovery drive by initiating harsh measures against defaulters including attachment of properties and disconnection of water connections.

In response to state government directives to collect 100% property tax, the MBMC is going the extra mile to achieve the target. According to sources, all the six zonal offices of the MBMC have been allotted a specific time-bound recovery plan by municipal commissioner Dr. Naresh Gite who has warned of stern action against staffers responsible for poor performance.

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