Following the footsteps of Gurgaon civic body, Noida authority has also planned to take stern action property tax defaulters in the city. However, the authority has planned a unique method to recover dues from them i.e. by beating drums outside the premises of their offices or residential or commercial properties followed by posting the videos of the same on social media.
Elaborating on the above punishment, Keshav Kumar, additional district magistrate (finance), Gautam Budh Nagar, said, “There are around 700 defaulters who owe Rs 220 crore to the district administration. We usually issue notices to them. However, many of them just don’t respond to the notices. So we have revived the drum-beating method along with the circulation of videos on Facebook and Twitter,”
Apart from this, they have also planned to paste stickers on boards at public places, which will carry the names and photos of the defaulters.
Keshav Kumar further said that with this method, several defaulters have started paying their property tax under pressure. In the past two months, the authority has conducted the drum-beating exercise at around 100 places.
The authority officials stated that they want to recover any type of dues may be electricity, property tax, power and land dues at any cost from the defaulters. “The administration also got one person arrested from Greater Noida for not paying up Rs 2.11 lakh as electricity dues,” Kumar added.
Also, the authority will take strict action against any person living in Noida, even if the recovery certificate is issued from any part of the country.
Just a few days back, Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has decided to turn-off water and sewage connections from the residential properties of the tax defaulters in order to recover dues.