Pune: PMC extends last date of property tax payment to June 30

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Pune, May 31, 2020: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has extended the last date of payment of property tax to June 30, giving a much-needed relief to people. Earlier the last date was today, May 31, but many people could not make the payments due to various reasons including the lockdown due to Coronavirus pandemic.

PMC Additional Commissioner Rubal Agarwal confirmed to Punekarnews.in that the last date of property tax payment has been extended to June 30. “Yes, we are extending it to June 30 as per the discussion between the Mayor, Standing Committee chairman and the Municipal Commissioner,” she said, clarifying that people continue to avail discount in the tax.

Today, many people complained that the PMC online payment site was not working. Agarwal clarified that the website was slow due to a large number of people (about 1,300) logging in at the same time.

Earlier, Pune Mayor Murlidhar Mohol and citizens group Sajag Nagrik Manch had demanded extension of the payment date. “Last year, people had paid property tax worth Rs 650 crores till May 31. However, this year PMC has received just Rs 300 crores till now. In the backdrop of the Coronavirus outbreak and lockdown, we need to be compassionate, and give one-month extra time to people. It will bring positive result”, Mayor Mohol wrote to PMC Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad.

Sajag Nagarik Manch had also made a similar plea. “The lockdown that started this year due to the unprecedented Coronavirus crisis has disrupted public life for the last 70 days, and even the municipality has not been able to deliver the tax bills to households. Many people have financial difficulties. Therefore, despite their desire, many have not been able to pay the property tax. Against this backdrop, the deadline for tax should be extended from May 31 to June 30,” the Manch had written.