Facing losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic, industrialists allege that they have now been badly affected by inflated property tax bills. The industrialists stated that the Municipal Corporation (MC) had been issuing exaggerated property tax bills. They said an industrialist at Industrial Area, Phase I, had received a whopping property tax bill for Rs11.99 lakh through an SMS and he had been asked to deposit the amount before July 31.
The industrialists stated that they had been receiving bills via SMS. Naveen Manglani, president, Chamber of Chandigarh Industries, said a majority of industrial units were getting 4-5 times inflated property tax bills, which included non-existing arrears and interests. “If a person gets a bill in lakhs, it will surely give a shock to the receiver during these trying times. It’s sheer harassment of the industrialists. For the past two years, the MC had been sending us bills with errors and we have been making rounds of their office to get them rectified,” he said.
He said there was a 20 percent increase in property tax this year, which was like rubbing salt into wounds. The Administration had assured to waive property tax bills for at least the lockdown period, but it never happened. “E-sampark centres are charging collection fee, which is totally unjustified. No such charges are levied on payment of water and electricity bills,” he said.
“It seems the MC just wants to multiply its revenue by hook or by crook, whereas we were expecting some relief from the government to tide over the crisis,” he added. An MC official said they had received complaints regarding inflated property tax bills and were trying to rectify the same.