statesman news service
KOLKATA, 18 JUNE: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is likely to extend the last date for submitting property information forms (PIF) as the number of forms so far issued is far below expectation.
The last date for submission of forms is 30 June.
The civic authorities will conduct general revaluation (GR) on the basis of information provided by the property owners.
The GR is done once in six years and it was kept in abeyance from September 2010 following instructions of the then railway minister Mamata Banerjee.
The civic body’s revenue dropped which was, however, compensated after the state government allowed it to collect money through property tax waiver scheme.
The Kolkata Municipal Corporation decided to conduct GR in 18 out of 144 wards in the city. These are wards 3, 4, 41 and 46 in north Kolkata. Wards 68, 86, 81 and 85 in south Kolkata.
In Jadavpur GR will be done in wards 101 and 107. The four wards where the GR will be done in Behala are 117, 124, 127 and 128. The two wards in Garden Reach are 138 and 139.
Senior civic officials said that on an average 10 property information forms per ward have been submitted to the KMC. The forms have been sent to the property owners by post.
They can also download the forms from the KMC website. Unless all the forms from property owners are received, the KMC cannot start conducting GR.
In these wards GR is likely to be completed by September. Once the GR is done, the KMC will send property tax bills to the owners and they have to pay arrears as in the past two years no GR was conducted in these wards.
The officials said with 12 days remaining in June, it is likely that the last date will
have to be extended. The KMC has proposed to launch awareness drives requesting property owners to send the forms at the earliest.