Visakhapatnam: Members of Visakhapatnam Apartment Residents Welfare Association (VARWA) and NIVAS, on Tuesday organised a protest dharna at the Gandhi statue opposite the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal.
Corporation main office, resenting the demand by Secretariat volunteers to submit house plans and the threats to levy penalties. Later, a delegation of VARWA Nivas met the Mayor G. Hari Venkata Kumari and GVMC Commissioner Lakshmisha in their chambers and submitted a memorandum.
They said that the Sachivalay volunteers were asking the people in the city in person or over phone to submit to them copies of approved plans of their properties for deciding the revision of property tax, with the trheat that 100 percent penalty would be levied for failure to submit the approved plans. “Our existing tax assessments were done by the GVMC authorities based on the plans submitted at the time of construction or purchase and we
have been paying the tax regularly for so many years. The cases of no plans or deviations were regularised under BPS and other schemes.
Since the plans are very much there with the GVMC, copies of the plans need not be insisted upon from the citizens,” VARWA leaders pointed out, and sought the intervention of the Mayor and the Commissioner to take steps for avoiding demand for plans. They also appealed to the duo to make GVMC people-friendly and desist from levying penalties while implementing the new tax laws.
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