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One-Time Settlement for Property Tax Open Till July 31: DCM Shivakumar

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Bengaluru: Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar today said that the ‘One Time Settlement’ window for payment of outstanding property tax is open only till July 31.

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Addressing a press conference at Vidhana Soudha, he said, “The BBMP had not actively pursued property tax outstanding due to elections. The One time settlement (OTS) scheme will end on July 31 and hence I urge people to make use of the opportunity to clear the outstanding payments. The OTS scheme provides 50% concession on penalties and 100% concession on interest payments.”

“Twenty lakh properties are within the tax bracket, but many are still outside of the tax bracket. If those outside the tax bracket pay taxes and submit proof within 90 days, we will provide them with a property tax account. More than 50,000 people have paid taxes under the OTS scheme and another 4 lakh are yet to pay. They will be deemed defaulters from Aug 1.”

Digitization of properties in 3 months

“The process of digitising 20 lakh properties is in progress. About 8 lakh properties are completed and the rest would be completed within 3 months. Once the process is complete, the digital records will be sent to property owners.

Blue Green Ooru

“We have started the Blue Green Ooru campaign to make Bengaluru greener. A Climate action cell has been formed involving all civic agencies to facilitate this campaign. Under the Hasiru Rakshaka scheme, we have set a target of planting 2 lakh saplings. As many as 52,000 saplings have been planted in association with 250 schools. Of these, 80% plants have survived and the rest will be replanted. We have called for a tender to conduct the tree census in Bengaluru. We have also taken up Mapathon to identify areas to plant saplings. In order to recharge the ground water, we have decided to fill tanks with treated water,” he said.

Parks to be open from 5 am to 10 pm

“In view of requests from citizens, we have decided to keep the parks in Bengaluru open from 5 am to 10 pm. This doesn’t include Cubbon Park as it comes under the Horticulture department. Marshals will be deployed to monitor illegal activities in the parks. People can also lodge complaints on 22660000, 22221188 or WhatsApp on 9480685700.

“The BBMP has banned flexes, yet flexes are being used extensively by various organisations including political parties. Action will be taken against Assistant Revenue Officers in case of non-compliance. The public can lodge their complaints regarding unauthorised flexes on the BBMP helpline at 1533. Details of the unauthorised flexes can be sent on WhatsApp number 9480683939.

Asked about Tamil Nadu expressing concern that there may be bias with regards to Mekedatu project as V Somanna has become Union Minister of State for Jal Shakthi, he said, ” Ministers are for the country and not for a state. It is natural for ministers to have special interest for their constituency or state. The Prime Minister will take a decision on that, let’s not preempt that now.”

Asked about actor Darshan’s arrest in an alleged murder case, he said the Home Minister would comment on that.

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