Staff Reporter

Commissioner warns all establishments

Rs. 1.5 crore is outstanding dues from traders

3-4 defaulters owe from Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 1.25 lakh

MADURAI: Corporation Commissioner S. Sebastine has warned that all commercial establishments belonging to the local body would be locked and sealed, if the shop-keepers did not pay rental dues.

Replying to a question raised by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam councillor, Chelladurai, during the council meeting here on Thursday, Mr. Sebastine said it was the fault of the Corporation officials that they had failed to collect the rent from shop-keepers on time.

Mr. Chelladurai brought to the Commissioner’s notice that the City Revenue Officer had complained of Rs. 1.5 crore outstanding dues from the traders of Central Vegetable Market.

“I helped her collect Rs. 13 lakh the other day. But, it came to light that the dues were from the traders of flowers. The flower market has been shifted out of our market three years back,” he said.

Stating that the lease condition stipulated that the rent should be paid by the 5th of every month, Mr. Sebastine said that efforts would be taken to collect the rent arrears from defaulters, wherever they had shifted to. “At Mattuthavani integrated bus stand, three to four defaulters owed from Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 1.25 lakh for the same shop. The officials evicted one occupant after the other after they failed to pay the dues. Taking action against poor residents for paltry outstanding is not enough,” he said.