Corporation passes resolution for imposing penalty for late tax payment

Chennai Corporation will soon give an incentive, of one per cent of the levy, to those paying property tax promptly. For those who do not pay the tax on time, a one per cent penalty would be imposed.

While the incentive would be applicable only for residential properties, the penalty, to be calculated on a monthly basis, would be for all properties.

A resolution to this effect was passed at the Chennai Corporation Council meeting on Thursday.

A total of 60 resolutions were passed, including those approving construction of a compound wall, running to a length of 4.25 km, at the Perungudi dump yard at a cost of Rs.1.81 crore, and purchase of 93 compactors to clear garbage at a cost of Rs.19.79 crore.

A building of the civic body, lying unused for seven years, on Greams Road would be demolished to establish a cricket net practice facility.

The council also approved starting of a new primary school in Nungambakkam and a modern garbage transit station on Alandur Road at a cost of Rs.1 crore, and developing schools of excellence in the 10 zones.

The offices of the council members would be provided laptops along with printers at a cost of 81 lakh.

The council also approved a resolution taking over 25,000 sq.ft. of land belonging to the Water Resources Department near the Adyar river to develop a park.

Resolutions were also passed to sanction Rs.9.6 lakh towards the payment of incentives to students of Chennai Schools who want to pursue higher studies and for purchase of materials for inculcating the habit of hand washing among school children from the Parent Teachers Association fund.

Many resolutions pertaining to allotment of space for fair price shops, sewage pumping station and post office were also passed by the Council.

Replying to the opposition floor leader Saidai Ravi's charge that many buildings have not given open space reservation lands to the civic agency, Mayor M.Subramanian said the Corporation had taken over such lands from institutions and commercial establishments in Vadapalani recently and work is on to create parks.

Some councillors suggested that the existing subways and bridges be named after Tamil scholars.

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