Due to the increasing number of educational institutions and coaching centres in twin cities, especially in Dharwad, paying guest facilities are mushrooming. As Hubballi and Dharwad have reputed educational institutions and coaching centres, many students prefer them for studies.
Looking at the high demand for PG centres, many residents have converted their houses and other properties into commercial properties and have been running PG facilities without paying taxes and obtaining permission from the HDMC, said sources.
In Hubballi, hundreds of such PGs are functioning, mainly in Vidyanagar area. Most of them have not obtained permission from the HDMC. Similarly, Dharwad also has numerous PG centres that hardly follow government norms. In a recently held general body meeting of HDMC, many corporators also stressed for action against illegal PGs to increase the revenue of the HDMC.
To bring all the PGs under the tax net, HDMC commissioner Ishwar Ullagaddi has decided to form a special task force to conduct a special survey of PGs ward-wise and submit a detailed report on the survey. All 12 zonal assistant commissioners have been asked to submit survey reports within 15 days.
HDMC commissioner Ishwar Ullagaddi said there are many PGs working in both Hubballi and Dharwad. “We have noticed that most of the PGs are not registered under tax net, which is an illegal practice. Looking at the increasing illegal practice of running PG facilities in domestic properties by violating all the norms of civic authorities and others, we decided to launch an exclusive drive to conduct a survey of PGs in Hubballi and Dharwad and bring them under tax net if they are not registered yet,” he added.
The officials of all 12 zonal offices have been asked to furnish a detailed survey report on the total number of PG centres ward-wise, whether they are registered properly and if they have obtained permission from civic authorities. “After receiving survey details, action will be initiated using a special task force comprising the officials of revenue and other sections in HDMC,” said Ishwar Ullagaddi.
Stern action against illegal PG facilities will help double the revenue once they are brought under the tax net, he added.
Former mayor and senior corporator Veeranna Savadi said that there is a need for a detailed survey of PGs of both men and women. In large numbers the PGs are mushrooming but they are functioning in an illegal way. At residential buildings the PGs have been set up. HDMC officials should bring all under the tax line, so that the revenue of HDMC will increase and PGs will run as per the norms of the government.
Published On Sep 6, 2023 at 03:00 PM IST
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