The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has claimed to have made the highest collection of property tax in the financial year 2020-21. It has managed to collect Rs 691 crore as against the target of Rs 670 crore.
Officials said that despite a disappointing response from big defaulters, including government and private organisations, and less than one-third collection from transfer fees due to no sale/purchase of houses during pandemic, their collection could increase due to extensive campaigning in market and residential areas.
“Major portion of the total revenue has been collected from private/residential properties. Our staff also pursued residents, taking the total figure to all-time high despite facing challenges due to Covid-19,” an NDMC official said.
Of the total amount, Rs 43 crore has been collected as transfer duty and Rs 648 crore as property tax. In comparison, the civic agency had received Rs 643 crore as property tax in 2017-18, in 2018-19 it was Rs 603 crore and in 2019-20 it was 522 crore. From 2016-17 to 2020-21, the municipal council has issued 3,771 notices to defaulters and managed to settle 6,611 cases, most of them past cases.