Nashik: Making no change in rateable value (20 paise per square feet) on non-farming land or those land on which plots have been earmarked by former Municipal Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe, stay on levy of tax on farmland, Municipal Commissioner Radhakrishna Game on Monday decided to levy the tax as per FSI to provide 59,000 unauthorised buildings in the city.
Making a partial change in two orders by Mundhe, the Municipal Commissioner announced that there will be no change in other things of the orders. In the meantime, it has been cleared once again that rulers which announced to provide a big relief for Nashikites from the property tax hike, disappointed Nashikites again.
Former Municipal Commissioner Munde on March 31, 2018, hiked rateable value of the property as per order number 522 and gave a huge shock to Nashikites. The rateable value on farmland, non-farming land and those land on which plots have been earmarked had been hiked to 40 paise per square feet from earlier 3 paise per square feet.
Farmers and Nashikites gave angry reaction against this in the form of agitation, march and protest. As a result, a resolution was passed in the General Body Meeting to scrap the entire property tax hike.
Following this, Mundhe had lowered the rateable value to 20 paise from 40 paise through order number 139. In addition, the rateable value of residential and non-residential properties had been lowered by 25-50%.
Thereafter, taking note of strong feelings of Nashikites and work style, the government transferred Mundhe. The rulers assured to provide relief for Nashikites after Game took charge as Municipal Commissioner.
The Municipal Commissioner also confirmed this. Overall on the backdrop of all these happenings, Nashikites have been disappointed. Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party also failed to fulfil its assurance to scrap the tax on farmland.
The administration rejected two proposals passed by the General Body Meeting asking to scrap entire tax hike and to scrap notices sent to 59,000 unauthorised buildings.