BBMP seals off 500-600 commercial properties; operations to continue | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BBMP seals off 500-600 commercial properties; operations to continue | Bengaluru News - Times of India

BENGALURU: Implementing its recommended action in early November, the Bruhit Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has started sealing properties – so far only commercial ones – belonging to those who have defaulted on property tax in their eight zones since December 12.
As of Saturday, BBMP Special Commissioner Manish Modgul500-600 commercial properties have been sealed, he said. have sent notices to those who together owe BBMP nearly Rs 300 crore. The sealed properties belong to those who have received notices and are yet to pay.”
TOI had first reported in its November 6 edition that the civic body was mulling tough measures to recover pending taxes after the deputy chief minister. DK Shivakumar And BBMP Chief Commissioner Tushar Girinath asked the officers to pull up their socks.
While Palike has started sealing commercial properties, Mudgal said, “Action will be taken against residential units as well. We will need to decide what kind of action to initiate against them.”
He further said that the total number of defaulters in the city is said to be 6 lakh. “Many of these defaulters will have small amounts, but there are also many large defaulters,” he said.
In all zones, some property owners are paying less tax by misrepresenting that their properties fall under the residential category even though they are being used for commercial purposes, while others simply default. All of them are liable for action under the BBMP Act, 2020.
Apart from sealing the properties, Mudgal had earlier said that the BBMP would consider confiscating cars or freezing bank accounts. “Property confiscation and auction of assets has not been initiated yet,” he said on Saturday.
Pressure for authorities?
Several BBMP officials on Saturday indicated through various sources that they feel overworked and stressed. A representative of the employees said that two revenue officials have suffered cardiac arrest in Yelahanka zone while at least one more is in hospital due to stress.
STOI has accessed at least three letters from authorities which have been acknowledged by the office of the BBMP Chief Commissioner. Officials expressed inability to handle the stress and demanded transfer or voluntary retirement. Two letters are dated December 15, while one letter was sent on December 14.
“I have not seen anyone having a heart attack. People are linking unrelated issues. Each ward has a team of 4-5 members and each team is required to seal only three properties a day, which I shouldn’t be too much work,” Mudgal said.
However, the complaining officials said that the tension was due to the tireless work that had been going on since the announcement of the elections. “The work has never stopped. After the elections, we have to implement various government schemes, verify properties, do tax related and other things. While we have to seal only three properties, among them Many have multiple offices. No owners. On occasion and we have to turn away complaining tenants. It’s getting too stressful,” said one of them.

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