The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has received property tax worth Rs 55.37 crore under a one-time amnesty scheme launched in October 2022, officials said reported PTI.
Launched on October 26, the Strengthening and Augmentation of Municipal Revenue for Infrastructure Development in Delhi (SAMRIDDHI) scheme will go on till March 31, 2023. Property owners of authorised and regularised colonies can resolve any property tax-related liabilities under this programme by paying property tax on residential properties for the current year and the prior five years.
MCD has earlier said that for commercial properties, owners can pay the principal amount of the last six years and get a waiver on the previous dues, including penalty and interest.
So far, 29,954 property owners have taken advantage of this system and settled their property tax-related issues, four of which were pending in court. Until January 11, a total of Rs 55.37 crore in property tax had been collected under the scheme, the MCD said adding that SAMRIDDHI scheme is quite different from the property tax amnesty schemes introduced earlier.
PTI quoted MCD’s statement saying, “In previous amnesty schemes, only interest and penalty were waived, but after applying successfully online through the present SAMRIDDHI scheme, all the previous property tax dues, even of before the year 2004, when rateable value system was prevalent, will be waived.”
“Along with this, if any property tax payer has availed the benefit under any earlier scheme and there is any error in it, then he will not be deprived of the benefit of that scheme due to that error. Citizens can take advantage of the SAMRIDDHI scheme till March 31,” the statement said.
MCD statement added that under this scheme, property taxpayers against whom MCD has initiated action for attachment of bank account or property, whose cheques have bounced or been dishonored previously, and action initiated against them, and taxpayers who have paid the up-to-date tax, but all receipts are not captured online to update the system, can avail it.