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A rich haul for the kitty

People paying Property Tax at the Corporation's facilitation centre at Sungam in the city on Thursday. The collection alone was Rs.5.7 lakhs after the civic body disconnected water lines of defaulters on Wednesday. — Photo:S.Siva Saravanan.

People paying Property Tax at the Corporation's facilitation centre at Sungam in the city on Thursday. The collection alone was Rs.5.7 lakhs after the civic body disconnected water lines of defaulters on Wednesday. — Photo:S.Siva Saravanan.  

COIMBATORE, MARCH 24. In 35 hours since disconnection of 16 water lines on Wednesday for Property Tax default, the Corporation was left with a rich haul of Rs.1.37 crores this evening. Tax payers made a beeline to the collection centres and banks across the city to pay the arrears and current fiscal's amount and avoid disconnection. The Corporation said its intensive drive would continue till March 31. The rush for payment of taxes, including arrears of more than Rs.10 crores, began on Wednesday when the Corporation started disconnection to indicate it would take severe action instead of allowing precious revenue to get locked up as arrears. While the collection was Rs.54.10 lakhs on Wednesday, it was Rs.83 lakhs today, officials said.

The Corporation Commissioner, Anil Meshram, said the number of staffers at the collection centres had been doubled and the timings extended up to 3 p.m. (instead of from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) to enable people to meet the March 31 deadline.

The 17 branches of nationalised and private banks the Corporation had tie-up for tax collection had also offered to keep their counters open to meet the rush.

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