Continuing the drive against top property tax defaulters, officials of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) on Monday swooped down on the Balayogi Paryatak Bhavan of the APTDC that houses the Katriya Hotel besides targeting a few other establishments in Begumpet and Ameerpet areas of Circle X.
GHMC staff led by Deputy Municipal Commissioner, Circle X, Ravi Kiran descended on the hotel and asked the management to clear the dues of Rs 1.18 crore that included current tax, arrears and penalty.
As there was no response from the management side, the tax and enforcement wing of the GHMC seized the premises and took away the movable properties like computers, servers, sofa sets, furniture and 15 other articles in their vehicles to the Central Zone office at Khairatabad. Ravi Kiran said the hotel officials had promised to clear the dues by evening but none had come to the GHMC office till dusk.
Later, the enforcement team went to Vijay Textiles in Ameerpet which owed tax to the tune of Rs 8 lakh. As the GHMC staff started seizing the articles and shifting them into the vehicles, the owner issued a cheque on the spot.
From there, the team went to Axxom Hospital located in SN Colony, Ameerpet and took possession of the property. The hospital management immediately issued a cheque for the tax arrears of Rs 21 lakh to the GHMC officials following which the warrant on them was lifted.
With just a few days left for the current financial year to end, the GHMC has decided to take stringent against the defaulters of property tax.
The officials, for the next three weeks, will target top defaulters who owe above Rs 5 lakh in tax arrears to the GHMC.