To crack the whip on shop owners for payment of rent arrears

The GVMC has appointed a new agency to streamline the functioning of its information technology (IT) wing.

A new website will be designed and payment of taxes through net banking will be introduced from December 13, Municipal Commissioner M V Satyanarayana said. Mr. Satyanarayana said shops in commercial complexes will be seized if rent arrears were not paid by December 7. The shops seized would be allotted to the others by open auction.

However, those not paying arrears are not eligible to participate in the auction.

Arrears from 680 shops come to around Rs.40 lakh. So far a lenient attitude had been adopted. He said stern action would be taken against those who had sub-leased the shops without the knowledge of GVMC. Any shop lessee should renew it every three years. Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) R. Somannarayana said the Revenue wing would form teams to realise the arrears. Around 50 vacant shops would be auctioned along with those likely to be seized.

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