BANGALORE: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah gave a new enhanced tax collection target to the cash-strapped Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials, failing which action will be taken, he said.
He told reporters on Tuesday that the BBMP’s target has been raised from RS 2,500 crore to RS 2,850 crore for 2014-15. So far, the BBMP has collected RS 1,260 crore tax this year which was around RS 1,000 crore last year. The RS 2,850-crore target includes RS 590 - RS 600 crore in East Zone, RS 400 - RS 500 crore in West, RS 440 - RS 500 crore in South, RS 260 - RS 290 crore in Bommanahalli, RS 120 - RS 140 crore in Rajarajeshwarinagar, RS 110 - RS 155 crore in Dasarahalli, RS 150 - RS 165 crore in Yelahanka and RS 430 - RS 500 crore in Mahadevapura zones, he said.
He said the government has agreed to recruit additional revenue staff temporarily. BBMP has also been directed to do reclassification of tax zones. Also tax should be collected for vacant sites, he said.
On B Khata properties, he said various civic agencies are giving facilities including power supply, water and road, but taxes have not been collected, and they have to pay tax henceforth.
He said that in the next two months, BBMP officials have to resurvey existing properties.