HYDERABAD: A PIL was filed in the High Court on Tuesday against placement of garbage bins in front of various shopping complexes, commercial buildings and residential houses by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation for alleged default on payment of property tax.
Petitioner Balaji Vadera, advocate of the city, submitted that the GHMC commissioner had ordered installation of 40 to 50 bins full of garbage in front of various shopping complexes, residential houses, etc on February 12 and also erected flexi banners of top property tax defaulters in the busy areas of the twin cities for collection of property tax arrears to the corporation.
As part of the drive, two garbage bins were installed in front of the State Bank of India at Karwan and locked the gate of the bank premises and prevented bank authorities from functioning, thereby causing inconvenience to bank customers. GHMC authorities informed the public that unless the defaulters paid the property tax arrears, they would not remove the garbage bins installed in front of the bank.
The petitioner alleged that the GHMC authorities were following all illegal procedures to collect property tax and were creating fear in defaulters by installing garbage bins in front of their premises. In fact, there are specific provisions under Sections 268 to 278 of GHMC Act, 1955 for collection of property tax. Yet, the GHMC authorities followed illegal procedure which is not permissible under the law. The GHMC is targeting only the “uninfluential defaulters” and not those who have political influence for collection of tax dues, he pointed out.
He urged the court to direct the government authorities to take action against the GHMC commissioner and others concerned for allegedly following illegal procedure for collection of property tax and causing health hazard to the public. He also wanted court direction for removal of all the garbage bins installed in front of the above premises by the GHMC.
The matter is expected to come up for hearing next week.