Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: The Chennai Corporation on Wednesday collected Rs.18 lakh property tax arrears from the occupants of properties belonging to the Pachaiyappa’s Trust on NSC Bose Road. This was done after the civic body made an attempt to seize movable goods from the shops.

A senior official of the civic body said that if the landlord of the property failed to pay the tax, the occupant had to pay it and deduct it from the rent payable to the owner. “We had issued notices to the occupants but they also failed to respond positively, following which we initiated this action. However, as we received cheque towards our dues, we did not seize any property,” he said.

Over 200 property owners across the city owe over Rs.15 lakh each to the civic body in property tax dues and notices have been issued to such defaulters.

Water purifying plant

Mayor M. Subramanian on Wednesday inaugurated a water purifying plant at Corporation School on Choolaimedu High Road. The plant has been installed by Lions Club. Earlier, he inspected various works in CIT Nagar area and instructed the Chennai Corporation officials to renovate a park there. He asked officials to construct a dining hall above a kitchen centre inside a school.