Tarun Goswami
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Kolkata, 6 January
The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC)  authorities do not know when the total list of properties  along with the amount of the annual valuation  that has been increased in 18 wards would be published.
Earlier, the civic authorities’ attempt to publish the list in September and then in December last year had failed. The wards where general revaluation (GR) has been conducted are  3,4,41 and 46 ( north Kolkata), 68, 86, 81 and 85 ( south Kolkata), 101,107 ( Jadavpur), 117,124, 127 and 128 ( Behala) and 138, 139 ( Garden Reach).  The GR is done once in six years and the convention is that if there are no addition and alteration in properties, the annual valuation is hiked by 10 per cent.
The civic authorities have published the list of premises along with the hike in wards 3,4,46,68, 86,117, 97 and 93.  Senior civic officials said the lists of properties in Jadavpur ( wards 107, 112) and Garden Teach ( 138, 139) are nearly ready and  they are likely to be published around 10 January.
Preferring anonymity, senior civic officials said the inspectors in many wards particularly in  the added areas like Behala, Jadavpur and  Garden Reach were unofficially asked to hike the annual valuation by 10 per cent without actually visiting the premises. Most of the properties in the added areas have not been mutated in the names of the present owners and the municipal tax which is being collected is far from what it should be. The officials said that had the GR been properly done then KMC could have fetched at least Rs 1,000 crore and even more. They maintained that as GR in many premises in the added areas was conducted for the first time, the KMC could have imposed fine on those who had not mutated their properties in their name and were paying the old rates of the municipal tax.
Meanwhile, the civic authorities have decided to go to the house of  property tax defaulters requesting them to clear their dues. There are many defaulters who did not avail the property tax waiver scheme thinking that the KMC would introduce the scheme again for them. KMC teams would visit the houses in wards 45 and 46 which cover Burrabazar and Central Kolkata where the owners have not paid municipal tax for several years.