Steep hike in property, house tax bills leaves Lucknow residents harried, ET RealEstate

August 26, 2023

LUCKNOW: Jaswinder Sethi, a shop owner in Shri Ram Tower on Ashok Marg, was surprised to receive the property tax bill which was more than three times than his last year’s bill – it had jumped from Rs 3,936 to Rs 13,926.

Sethi thought it was an error on the part of the Lucknow Municipal Corporation and promptly filed a complaint.

After discussions with LMC officials, Sethi’s tax was reduced to Rs 9,171. But, still the revised amount was higher than his last year’s bill. Sethi again raised objections and sought information about LMC’s method for tax calculation.

“I have been making rounds of LMC office for the past five months to get the issue fixed. Every time I am sent back with excuses. Even after assurances from the municipal commissioner, neither has my bill been corrected nor any explanation provided for the steep hike in it,” he alleged.

Sethi’s is not a solitary case. A large number of residents in LMC zones 1 and 7 are grappling with hiked property/house tax bills.

Following a recent Geographic Information System (GIS) survey, the civic body revised the property/house tax in many areas. While some have residents reluctantly paid the amount, others allege discrepancies and are struggling to get it rectified.

Rajendra Kumar Arora, a resident of Ismailganj I ward, said his house tax ballooned to Rs 7,968 from last year’s Rs 1,170.

“I lodged the complaint but there was no response from the zonal officer. So, I decided to pay it to avoid the hassle. LMC should have notified me about the tax hike,” Arora said.

Sanjay Chawala of Ram Tirath ward said his house tax increased by 5% (from Rs 5,418 to Rs 5,695) without any prior assessment.

“The civic body can’t simply increase the tax without informing owners. We demanded corrections, but no one paid heed to our complaints,” he alleged.

Naveen Monga, another shop owner in Shri Ram Tower, said his shop’s tax soared from Rs 4,518 to Rs 5,020.

“We are ready to pay higher taxes but LMC must justify the amount. Further, the services provided by LMC after tax payment are sub-par and need improvement.”

LMC officials cited a range of excuses – from glitches in the software that calculates the tax to removal of old discounts to justify the hike. Municipal commissioner Inderjit Singh said: “All complaints regarding house tax are being heard and probed. If there are any anomalies, we are rectifying them.”

  • Published On Aug 26, 2023 at 01:00 PM IST

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