The civic body will ask Metrowater to disconnect water supply to buildings that have not paid their dues

The Chennai Corporation will conduct a study on buildings including courts, police stations and police quarters yet to be covered under the property tax as part of the effort to improve tax collection.

The revenue department of Chennai Corporation has intensified efforts to increase property tax collection. The civic body plans to issue notices to buildings that have failed to pay property tax.

Buildings such as court buildings in Tiruvottiyur, Alandur, Saidapet, George Town and Egmore, private markets and business establishments in malls will also be brought under the scanner. The civic body will ask Metrowater to disconnect water supply to buildings that have not paid property tax.

The civic body has set a target of setting up 2,000 bank counters in the city for walk-in payment of property tax to improve tax collection. So far, the Corporation has set up 244 bank counters where residents can remit property tax. These include the braches of IDBI, HDFC, Indian Overseas Bank, City Union Bank and Karur Vysya Bank.

The computerisation of data on property tax in the added zones of Tiruvottiyur and Ambattur has been completed and residents in these zones will be able to remit property tax in banks.

Other zones will become part of the system soon. Property tax demand for the current year is Rs. 477.62 crore for the 10.71 lakh assessees. 

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