Property owners say, the system is so skewed against them that they do not even get alerts on reclassification of the zones as they pay taxes online. Residents complain they are being forced to pay a penalty for a mistake committed by the BBMP.
Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta had promised to resolve the issue after holding a meeting with officials. It’s learnt that no decision has been taken on providing any relief to property owners whose penalty amount and the interest fee is several times more than the property tax.
It’s learnt that around 8,000 property owners have already paid the penalty and interest fee. Vijay Reddy, a resident of Langford Town, said the BBMP was trying to penalise genuine property tax payers. “Entering the wrong zone is the maximum a property owner would do to pay less tax. It looks like the BBMP is trying to mop up additional revenue by all means,” he said. He said property owners would have made corrections with regard to zones if the BBMP had issued notices in 2016. “Why notices are being issued now?” he wondered.
Sidhartha Shetty, Zonal Leader of Bengaluru NavaNirmana Party (BNP), Padmanabha Nagar, said, “There was no publicity in 2016 or subsequently, when this Zonal Reclassification was done by BBMP, so most are unaware of this change. At the time of paying property tax, whether online or at a centre, there was no message to the citizens about the reclassification. On the portal for paying tax, there was no provision to change details for the last few years and only recently, has this provision been made,” he said.
Meanwhile, city-based political party BNP has come up with following demands: Withdraw notices issued and waive off arrears, implement Zonal Reclassification with effect from the next financial year and automatically classify the zones for each property on its different platforms.