Pradeep Pattanayak

The Bhubaneswar Municipality Corporation (BMC) will take stringent action against house owners who are using their residential premises for commercial purposes. 

A decision in this regard was taken at a review meeting held at the BMC office in Bhubaneswar. 

During the meeting, BMC Commissioner, Vijay Amruta Kulange said the BMC would take a tough stand against house owners who are using their property commercially while registering them for residential purposes. This apart, he said action would be taken against those who are using their houses commercially without having trade licenses. 

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He also said that action would be taken against house owners who are avoiding assessment and reassessment of their property knowingly. Similarly, if the house owners are not paying holding tax intentionally, they would also be penalised. 

Many organisations and companies have not paid their holding taxes running to large sums. In the meeting, it was decided that notices would be served to them, and if required, cases would be registered against them under the Odisha Public Demand Recovery Act.

During the meeting, the Commissioner laid emphasis on the online collection of revenue. He asked all the ward officers to collect revenues using QR codes. The house owners would also be sensitised about the use of so that they can use pay their taxes easily. 

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