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AAP alleges property-tax collection scam by NDMC worth Rs 1,400 crore

The Aam Aadmi Party claimed on Monday that the BJP-ruled North Delhi Municipal Corporation had done a scam worth Rs 1,400 crore in the collection of property tax.

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The Aam Aadmi Party claimed on Monday that the BJP-ruled North Delhi Municipal Corporation had done a scam worth Rs 1,400 crore in the collection of

spokesperson Atishi said the collected tax from 5.75 lakh properties in 2017, while it was levied on only 4.25 lakh properties last year.

No immediate reaction was available from the BJP.

Addressing a press conference, Atishi said the civic bodies' primary source of revenue was the tax collected from both residential and commercial properties.

According to Atishi, the mayor had stated few days ago that the civic body saw an increase in due to the rise in the number of properties.

However, she added, figures revealed the opposite.

"In the last couple of years, the number of taxed properties have decreased from 5.75 lakh in 2017 to 4.25 lakh in 2020," she said. "Therefore, claiming that there has been an increase in tax through an increase in properties is an outright lie."

"The question is where have the balance properties gone in a matter of three years?" she asked.

Atishi said the hired an agency in 2017 to survey the number of properties and it was found there were over 12 lakh properties that had to pay

"These 12-lakh-plus properties were given a Unique Property Identification Code, through which the property tax collection mechanism would work. When a survey of 12 lakh properties has been conducted, then why has property tax been collected from roughly one-third of that number?" she asked.

Atishi said this "scam worth crores" had been running in the NDMC for years now. She added that property tax worth Rs 2,000 crore should have been collected if one goes by the 12-lakh-plus figure.

"Where is the balance of Rs 1,400 crore? Where is the property tax of the remainder roughly eight lakh properties? Who has pocketed this amount?" she asked, demanding answers from the NDMC.

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First Published: Mon, April 05 2021. 19:16 IST