VIJAYAWADA: The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) is going to act tough against the owners of vacant land in the city who have a tendency to evade payment of vacant land tax.
Municipal Commissioner G Veerapandian on Friday asked the officials of revenue and estate departments to ensure collection of vacant land tax from the owners of all vacant lands and if they find it difficult to locate the owners, they should set up boards at the vacant lands that they would be auctioned for recovery of the tax due to the civic body.
The municipal commissioner said that since not much time is left before the closure of present financial year, all the officials should speed up collection of taxes. The commissioner asked the additional commissioner and deputy commissioners to review collection of taxes with the staff on a day-to-day basis to shore up revenues for the corporation.
He also wanted officials of the estate department to review cases pending in courts and look for ways to have them disposed off at the earliest. He wanted the review to be done on a weekly basis.