GUWAHATI, July 7 � Various government departments and offices have not paid property tax to the Guwahati Municipal Corporation for long period and the local body has formed a team to undertake a survey of the taxes due to it and recover the amounts. GMC Commissioner Narayan Konwar told reporters here today that the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has tax dues of Rs 1.07 crore, BSNL Rs 1.42 crore, AG Office Rs 22 lakh, Meghdoot Bhavan Rs 20 lakh and FCI Rs 18 lakh, among others, to the municipal corporation.
While NFR has not paid taxes since three years, BSNL has not paid for last one year. Konwar said a team has been formed by the GMC which will visit all these offices and ask for payment of the due and action will be taken in case they fail to deposit their tax, including sealing the offices of the concerned organisations.
The Commissioner added that GMC is targeting to increase its revenue collection to Rs 100 crore this fiscal, as against Rs 44 crore last year. So far, in April-June, it has been able to collect revenue of Rs 9.33 crore. Konwar said a survey conducted by GMC had found that there are 7,180 vendors in the city�s vending zones. A project will soon be taken up to register all the vendors and give them identity cards.
He added that two vending zones have already been selected at Six Mile and GMCH to where the vendors would be allotted space and plans are afoot to find out if vendors can also be accommodated in some private markets. Konwar said the municipal authorities will soon order delivery of 20 portable toilets and they will be installed at 15 locations across the city for the convenience of the public.