Inflated property tax bills for Ahmedabad JNNURM impact

Inflated property tax bills for Ahmedabad JNNURM impact

AHMEDABAD: If you felt glad about BRTS arriving in your city shortly, here is a reality check. Be ready to empty out your wallets to pay up for this modern infrastructure because the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) wants Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to tighten the screws on tax payers.

Residents who moaned over 30 per cent education cess in property tax last year will be coughing up a good 60 per cent higher this year. The hit will be worse for residents in former AUDA areas which used to get away with paying only nominal property tax to the various municipalities and panchayats which have now been swallowed up by the AMC.

The bills are headed home in the next 10 days or so and senior AMC officials are jittery over how citizens would react to these inflated bills. Residents in areas like Thaltej, Bodakdev, Jodhpur, Vejalpur, Vastrapur, Memnagar and Sarkhej will surely feel the shock of their lives. These areas had got 75 per cent rebate in taxes last year which will come down to 50 per cent this year and progressively go down over the next two years to be at par with other AMC areas by 2010-11.

“The hike was a mandatory requirement under the MoU we signed with the Union ministry for urban affairs for JNNURM funds. Projects worth Rs 1,291.56 crore under JNNURM are at stake. The minimum requirement was 65 per cent hike but we scaled it down to 60 per cent in this year’s budget,” says AMC commissioner IP Gautam.

Rented residential and commercial buildings would take the maximum blow while bills for self-occupied property will also shoot up.

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