This is How BMC plans to motivate people to pay their Property Tax On Time

BMC is spreading awareness about Property Tax in a very innovative way.

This is How BMC plans to motivate people to pay their Property Tax On Time

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is spreading awareness about paying Property Tax in a very innovative way. BMC has hired dhol wallahs to convey their message. In a video that was posted by BMC on their Twitter page, drummers could be seen along with BMC officials and the tweet reads, "Don't want uninvited guests and noise? Ensure that you pay your property tax on time."

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Some citizens welcomed this move however, others said that BMC should first fulfil their duties and then expected Property Tax in return. A Twitter user Rajeev who is an environmentalist said, "Collecting revenue from citizens is just a half job done. Providing hygienic living conditions, safe roads, cleanliness, hawker free footpaths, relief from pollution menace, saving trees needs similar attention. Unfortunately, we cannot use your method to get our jobs done."

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There have been news reports suggesting that Mumbai’s civic body is looking for new ways to boost tax income for the state. This comes as real estate earnings for the State Government have fallen dramatically due to the economy. It is said that the authorities are planning to implement a “garbage tax” in order to increase revenue while also increasing the fees for issuing birth certificates. 

Reports suggest that tax revenues dropped by 5% over its target to Rs 23,850 crores in this year through March 31. Given the slow pace of recovery, authorities are also said to be considering new measures and penalties for defaulters. Economists from Care Ratings believe that these measures will seek to “recover outstanding dues of property tax and water tax by way of issuance of notices to defaulters, disconnection of water connections, attachments and auction of properties.”The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is reportedly expecting its income to fall by 11% on Rs 78,670 crores worth of investments primarily due to low bank interest rates set for the next financial year. 

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