'Every municipality should award the best taxpayers'
State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim urged all the municipalities to give awards to the best property taxpayers in every financial year. He made such proposals after giving away prizes to the best taxpayers at Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority on Tuesday.
"Inspiration for taxpayers is really necessary. I would certainly like to see that all other municipalities take up such programmes where highest property taxpayers are awarded. This should be followed by other municipalities as well," the minister said.
"If we can present some people as the example of good taxpayers, others would get inspiration from it," the minister added.
However on Tuesday, Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) awarded three best taxpayers in the last financial year. Bengal Intelligent Park Limited at Sector V GP Block took the prize of the best taxpayer. He paid Rs 2.22 crore as property tax to NDITA. The Forum Project Holding Limited paid Rs 1.55 crore and got the second prize and Institute of Engineering and Management (IEM) paid Rs 1.6 crore and bagged the third prize.
"NDITA is giving the best service to the people coming here. They got Rs 38 crore as property tax in 2015-16, Rs 40 crore in 2016-17 and this year's target is Rs 45 crore," the minister added.
It may be mentioned that the 430 acre sector V in Salt Lake is the first Information Technology hub in Bengal. To ensure proper infrastructural development, Bengal government considered it imperative to constitute an Industrial Township under Section 385A of the West Bengal Municipal Act, 1993. A notification was issued on January 31, in 2006 and a new Township Authority called 'Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority' was set up. Since then, NDITA has been looking after the development of Sector-V.