Pune, 3rd June 2023: The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) in Pune has made a remarkable accomplishment in property tax collection for the first two months of the fiscal year 2023-24. The PCMC collected a record-breaking amount of Rs167 crore during this period, marking the highest collection ever recorded.
The municipal corporation has set an ambitious target of recovering Rs1,000 crore in property tax for the entire fiscal year. The substantial collection achieved in the initial two months is an encouraging start towards reaching this goal. To further enhance the collection efforts, the PCMC plans to resume attachment actions and other measures to retrieve dues from long-time defaulters. Property tax serves as the primary source of income for the PCMC, making these collection efforts crucial.
According to Nilesh Deshmukh, the head of PCMC’s tax department, over 22% of taxpayers, equivalent to 1.33 lakh individuals out of a total of 5.97 lakh, have already settled their dues. These taxpayers have taken advantage of the various discounts offered by the civic body, valid until June 30. This achievement is particularly notable as it is the first time taxpayers have managed to pay their dues within the first two months of any fiscal year. In comparison, in 2018, only 45,000 taxpayers had paid their dues, a number that dropped to just 21,000 in the 2020-21 fiscal year. Deshmukh attributed this success to the PCMC’s proactive efforts in reaching out to taxpayers and gaining their cooperation.
Several initiatives have contributed to this significant accomplishment. The Siddhi project, which involves women-led NGOs delivering property tax bills to taxpayers, has been particularly effective. Additionally, attachment actions against defaulters and meme competitions have been employed to raise awareness about the importance of tax payments. With a total of 5.97 lakh properties within the civic limits, the PCMC recognizes the potential for further collections remains substantial.