Friday, May 26, 2017

Citizens of Pune demand refund of property tax

Citizens are rallying behind an online petition started by Sujit Agarwal, a resident of Baner Pashan Link Road, who has appealed to Pune Municipal Corporation to refund the property tax collected over the years.

Citizens of Pune demand refund of property tax

According to Agarwal, the civic body has failed on all counts for which it is collecting the money , including roads, water, sanitation and even gardens, public spaces and tree cover.

The petition says -

Dear PMC Commissioner;

As property owners in Pune, we have been paying Property Tax for the last several years.

Despite the annual increases in the Property Tax claimed from us, we note that the services for which we pay tax are full of fault, imperfection, shortcoming or inadequacy in the quality, nature and manner of performance which is required to be maintained by the Municipal and other Acts. Particularly:

1. The 1987 Development Plan for the city has not been implemented to even 30%.

Less than 10% of the properties meant for Public Utilities and Open Spaces have been acquired and developed.

Particularly for our area; the main 120 feet Baner pashan link road which connects 2 important areas of Pune viz BANER and PASHAN is still not ready.

Not a single garden or playground exists for residents in our area.

This means that you have failed to discharge your duties and provide services paid for under the General tax (Sarv-sadharan kar).

2. None of the electoral wards in the city are free of tankers and bottled water.

Residents are paying several fold the Property Tax amount every year to have access to water for their daily needs and safe drinking water.

We have sent letters to you through society showing the amounts spent on Tankers by our society over several years and regular complaints have been made to water department to regularize the water supply. But there has been no action.

This means that you have failed to provide services you charge for under the head Water tax: (Paani-patti).

3. You have made it mandatory to take care of our own wet waste; which is a cost to us.

For our Dry waste a private agency, Swach, has been asked to charge us separately every month.

For garden waste we again have to pay for the pick up.

And the streets around us are all littered heavily.

This also highlights that you have failed to provide services paid for under Conservancy tax (Safai Kar) as well as under Swachata Tax on all services I use within the city.

4. You have reduced the tree cover in the city to less than 0.5 trees per capita.

This makes the air unbreathable, the temperatures soar high, the rain illusive and a loss of ability to recharge the groundwater costing the residents of the city dearly.

This also means that the services of protecting and preserving the trees as per the Tree Act of 1975 and Tree Plantation / Vriksha Sanwardhan Tax levied have not been provided by you.

The trees planted by us also are not provided the water care and cages; leading to their death

5. All the fresh water streams of the city and the rivers have been converted to sewers by laying sewage pipes in them and discharging sewage into them despite the Bombay High Court orders in 2012 to relocate the sewers outside the water bodies.

This has contaminated our surface and ground waters and spread disease and death.

This also means the you have failed to provide services paid for under Sewage water Tax.

Visit & Sign online petition: Pune property tax to be refunded as it's not in line with services offered:

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  1. Despite all this, there are people who give & also accept 100 reasons to show why Pune demands First World property prices despite third world infrastructure.

    Some of these flat buyers are also responsible because they were buying where even tribals won't live. This made builders even more confident to build & sell in third class locations having zero or even minus social & commercial infra. Had buyers refused to buy flats where there is no infra at first place, this issue wouldn't have arisen at all as builders would have built where there is livable infra.

    On one hand some flat buyers demand refund of taxes & on other accept the builders' logic of XYZ area being 'tomorrow's London or day after tomorrow's Singapore' !! Just rename Baner-Pashan link road as Hong Kong annexe, issue solved !

    1. "Just rename Baner-Pashan link road as Hong Kong annexe, issue solved !" - Thanks for the great suggestion, TheMonk!

    2. I completely agree with you, TheMonk! Many flat buyers have realized this too - Sad story of a son who purchased a flat in Sus -