Property tax on residential units of up to 500 sq ft, located within the Mumbai municipal area limits, will be waived off, Maharashtra Government said on Saturday.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced the decision at a meeting of the Urban Development Department earlier in the day, an official release said.
The waiver comes ahead of Mumbai Municipal Corporation elections due next month.
The CM has asked the administration to implement the decision with immediate effect, the release said.
It quoted Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde as saying that the decision will benefit owners of over 16 lakh houses below 500 sq feet in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) limits.
Mr. Shinde said the Shiv Sena, which rules the BMC, has fulfilled an important assurance it gave ahead of the 2017 BMC elections.
Mr. Thackeray on Saturday chaired a virtual meeting with Mr. Shinde, Mumbai district Guardian Minister Aslam Shaikh, Mumbai suburban district Guardian Minister Aaditya Thackeray, Mayor Kishori Pednekar and Chief Secretary Debashish Chakrabarty.
An official said the BMC is expected to lose a revenue of ₹468 crore following the waiver.
BMC in 2021-21 had estimated property tax collection of ₹6,738 crore but could mobilise ₹4,500 crore due to the covid pandemic and lockdown. In 2021-22, the BMC has projected the property tax collection of ₹7,000 crore.