Margao: With as much as 80 notices being issued to high net worth establishments like showrooms and banks, Margao Municipal Council is looking at collecting Rs 25-30 crore in the form of House Tax from them, which have been due for several years now.
Margao Municipal Council Chief Officer Siddhivinayak Naik has began issuing series of notices to collect arrears from various establishments, specially the high net worth ones, who have been evading the payment of House Tax.
Naik said that total 80 notices have been issued and the defaulters have started paying to the municipality. “We have enough rights under the municipality act even to seal the establishments, if they fail to pay the taxes,” the Chief Officer said.
This week itself, the MMC has issued notices to 30 high net worth establishments which includes Banks and Showrooms of big brands. “The dues from these 30 establishments itself is to the tune of Rs 15-20 Crore,” he said.
Interestingly, the municipal officials who have began the drive have came across that there are many establishments which operate without a trade licence.
Big G gets notice for no proper exit
Margao’s one of the oldest mall – Big G – has received notice from the MMC for not having proper exit. A senior MMC official said that the mall has an entry but same door cannot be used as an exit. The customers have to take the exit from a tedious route behind the mall. In case of any emergency, there could be casualties.
MMC has asked the mall to have entry and exit from the same door so that the people can be evacuated easily, in case of emergency. They have been given time of 48 hours to do so.