The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has taken up 10 cases of property tax disputes, pending in courts for 8-10 years, for disposing of through arbitration and generate Rs35-crore revenue.
“The move aims at quick recovery of pending dues. Arbitration is an option to resolve the issues amicably. ,” Hemant Rasane, the chairman of the PMC’s standing committee, told TOI.
The property tax department, the biggest income source of PMC, is suffering the most from such disputes. The income from cellphone towers and hoardings has reduced drastically because of legal battles.
According to Rasane, the arbitration option would be first tried for the recovery of property tax dues. Then other revenue sources, including advertisement charges of hoardings, charges for cellphone towers, water charges and rents of leased out civic properties, affected by legal battles would be taken up.
“The decision about arbitration awards would be taken on case to case basis. The solution would be found in such a way that it does not cause losses to the civic body,” said Vilas Kanade, the head of the PMC’s property tax department.
“Many of these cases have not even been argued in the courtroom. So, arbitration may help in reaching a conclusion ,” said a senior official of PMC.