First one at V.V.P Nagar in Thattanchavady operational
PUDUCHERRY: The Puducherry and Oulgaret municipalities are getting their own computerised collection centres for property tax, replacing the tie-up they have had with banks for the purpose.
The first of them became functional at V.V.P Nagar in Thattanchavady on Thursday. Another six centres would be opened this month, according to E. Vallavan, Director, Local Administration.
"We are behind schedule; we have directed the municipal authorities to speed up the process," he told The Hindu .
More centres planned
In Oulgaret Municipality, three more centres are planned at Lawspet, Kalapet and Alankuppam. In Puducherry Municipality, centres are planned at Mudliarpet, Valakulam and inside the Revenue Office complex. With the quantum of tax payable having been fixed under the system of self-assessment in both the municipalities, demand notices are being sent.
Puducherry Municipality has issued notices in 10 wards. The remaining 32 wards would be covered very shortly, K. Suryanarayanmurthy, Municipal Commissioner, said.
Oulgaret Municipality has issued notices in 16 wards, and 25 per cent of the assessees had remitted the tax, according to D. Diagrajan, Commissioner, Oulgaret Municipality. He said notices would be issued to the remaining 15 wards in the next two weeks.
He said that next week the municipality would launch a mosquito control programme, involving the Rotary Club and the Health Department.
Initially, 11 villages in Arumpathapuram and Oulgaret will be targeted.
The plan is to put individual volunteers in charge of a cluster of 25 houses; they will oversee fogging, inform the authorities about water-logging and create awareness among the people.
The Commissioner said they would visit houses and educate people about the need to keep their surroundings clean. "Before the end of the year we will have this programme implemented in all the villages under our jurisdiction," he said.