session-court-1The cash-strapped MCGM has decided to set up another sessions court in the city to expedite disposal of litigations related to property tax. The court, which will be functional at Dinsoshi in Kandivli, will specifically dispose off only property-tax related cases. According to the civic assessor and the collector’s department in MCGM, at least 2,171 property-tax related cases are pending in various courts. A department official said that revenue worth Rs1,674 crore is locked in these cases. A proposal for setting up the new sessions court was tabled before the civic standing committee which was approved. The MCGM claims that it has already sought approval from the Bombay high court for setting up of the new facility. The civic administration said that the court will be set up for an initial duration of two years. It will be expected to dispose off most of the cases during this period. An extension will be provided if the need arises, said officials. The sessions court will have 18 lawyers who will have an experience of 3 years and will work only for the administration. With an estimated revenue of Rs2,647 crore, the property tax department is the single largest revenue source for the BMC. Keen to boost its revenue sources, which have got adversely affected owing to various reasons including recession, overspending, and an increase in establishment costs, the BMC has decided to plug all its monetary leaks. With cameraperson Deepak Kamble, Hansraj Kanojia for NMTV news.

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