Pune: Civic body seals 1,355 homes due to unpaid taxes

The Pune Municipal Corporation has canceled 1,355 properties in its tax evasion limits . The buildings were sealed, according to Ajit Deshmukh, PMCs chief of property tax department .

PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation has canceled 1,355 properties in its tax evasion limits.The municipal administration had issued notices of tax recovery.The owners did not respond to them, however.The buildings were sealed, according to Ajit Deshmukh, PMC's chief of property tax department.

Officials said the properties of defaulters who haven't paid the tax since the sealing will be auctioned.The bulk of these are industrial buildings.For the past ten years, some of the tax defaulters have not paid their taxes.Some of these properties are also rented out.

The properties include shops, malls, offices, hotels, restaurants, research facilities, and government offices, according to the senior official.Responders to defaulters, according to civic protesters, are vital.The municipal administration must make sure that sealing and auctioning are carried out quickly.According to Vijay Kumbhar of Surajya Sanghshra Samiti, a citizen group, officials must be able to respond to infractions.