Staff Correspondent

Teams from the corporation beat drums, blew conches in front of houses, shops

DAVANGERE: An novel initiative taken up by the Davangere City Corporation to collect taxes seems to have paid off as a large number of people thronged the corporation office on Thursday to pay their property tax, water tax and rent from shop-keepers.

While many people have enquired about the taxes they have to pay, others have given a letter to the corporation seeking a few days time to pay the taxes.

The initiative involves beating drums and blowing conches in front of people's houses or shops demanding that they pay the taxes. As planned four teams from the corporation beat the drums and blew conches in front of the shops and houses.

While many people appealed to them to stop beating the drums, many others rushed to the corporation to pay their taxes.

Long queue

There was a long queue at the corporation office as people waited to pay their taxes. An amount of over Rs. 4 crore was due from citizens in the form of taxes, water cess and rent from shops.

Commissioner of the corporation Prasanna Kumar told The Hindu that the initiative had been successful. He noted that the corporation had collected an amount of over Rs. 21, 58,000 since noon on Wednesday.

The corporation had collected whopping arrears of Rs. 11, 35,000 on Thursday alone. He said he was confident of collecting most of the tax arrears by the end of March.

The Commissioner said that despite issuing several notices, many people were reluctant to pay property tax, water cess and rent for the shops.

Hence, it was inevitable for the corporation to chalk out an effective programme to mobilise resources.

He said this drive would be held till March-end