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LUDHIANA: The municipal corporation will soon conduct a fresh survey of paying guest accommodations, migrant quarters and hostels to verify if there is an increase in the number of such properties and their on-rent rooms.

The record of 2012-13 house tax payment shows 3,9541 such properties. But the number does not indicate how many rooms each property has and how many are on rent.

Therefore, the zonal commissioners have been directed to hold surveys, zeroing in on the details, so that property tax at 7.5% could be recovered to help MC tide over financial crisis.

The city is divided into 37 blocks. Tax collectors in these blocks will check all the details and superintendents will be responsible for the information the former collected.

In August, the local bodies department had issued a notification that the owners of PGs, migrant quarters and hostels will have to pay property tax for this financial year at the rate of 7.5% of their annual rent. Even as the MC officials have started the process of serving notices on the owners of such units, verification of old data is under way.

MC commissioner Pardeep Sabharwal said, “The survey is important as we have to ensure all pay property tax. Though we have the number of such properties, there is a need to update the data.”

The last date for availing 10% rebate on property tax, water supply and sewerage dues for this financial year is September 30. As a result, long queues dot Suvidha Centres for clearing the dues. The civic body has decided to keep its offices open on Saturday and Sunday this week, so that maximum people could pay the tax.

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