Corporators of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) have demanded an amendment of the New Building Rules (GO 86) on collection of 200 per cent property tax from unauthorized buildings and buildings which did not take occupancy certificates from the corporation.
The GHMC council has decided to send a delegation of all floor leaders to chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy seeking amendment of the New Building Rules.
Telugu Desam floor leader Singireddy Srinivas Reddy raised the issue soon after the special GHMC council meeting on budget began on Monday. He said the corporation has been collecting 200 per cent property tax from unauthorized buildings and buildings which were not regularized. He said as per the Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Act, only 25 per cent tax could be levied on unauthorized structures.
MIM corporator from Hussaini Alam, Mir Zulfeqar Ali, said the standing committee of the GHMC resolved to collect only 25 per cent additional property tax on the unauthorised structures till they were regularised or demolished by the corporation but not 200 per cent. Another corporator Diddi Rambabu said they would oppose any move to collect 200 per cent tax.
GHMC commissioner Sameer Sharma said as per GO 86, 200 per cent additional tax has to be collected from buildings which did not have occupancy certificate and did not talk about unauthorized structures. He said he had written to the government for amendment of GO 86 on the resolution made by the standing committee.