BBMP to publish names of top 100 property tax defaulters

Bengaluru: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is likely to use the name-and-shame method as it plans to crack down on willful property tax defaulters. The municipal corporation is gearing up to publish names of top 100 property tax defaulters in the City. The list is expected to be ready in 15-30 days.

BBMP Commissioner Anil Kumar confirmed the preparation of a list of habitual property tax defaulters. “We are also working on opportunities to raise revenue,” he told reporters. For the implementation of several projects, the BBMP is always dependent on the state government as the civic agency does not have its own resources to financially support the project.

The list of property tax defaulters is expected to include well-known IT companies and several government agencies too. The BBMP is also thinking of seizing properties of long-term defaulters.

Property tax is one of the main sources of revenue for the BBMP, which takes up projects worth Rs 10,000 crore each year. The Corporation has set a target to achieve Rs 3,100 crore from property tax in the 2019-20 financial year.

On Friday last, outgoing BBMP mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun told reporters that the corporation has collected Rs 2,122 crore as property tax till September 15 of this year. The corporation is way short of achieving its Rs 3,100 crore target.

In 2016, the BBMP had released the list of top 500 property tax defaulters, comprising of five start hotels, big IT companies and shopping malls whose combined property dues were around Rs 210 crore. In some of the cases, although the company had paid the property tax, the BBMP had found a difference between what was paid and the actual amount the companies owed to the BBMP.