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Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to choke business in residential areas, fill coffers | Hyderabad News

HYDERABAD: After falling short of reaching its property tax target for 2021-22 financial year, the GHMC is again focusing on residential properties housing commercial establishments across the city.
After a special drive, the GHMC issued notices to around 1,100 buildings across all the six zones.
The notice provides a 15-day stipulated period to convert the building from residential to commercial and warns of imposing fines under GHMC Act. GHMC officials admit that there are several thousands of commercial spaces coming up in residential buildings. “The calculation is simple. One just needs to compare the trade license fee data with the non-residential property taxpayers and find out the number of commercial establishments,” a GHMC official explained.
However, a lack of coordination between town planning and revenue wings in the GHMC has seen new commercial establishments spring up. Last year, 7,000 buildings were converted by the GHMC. Officials had checked several stretches in city. From playschools and hostels to kirana stores and parlours several establishments are being wrongly taxed causing losses.
“Below our apartment, we have a tiffin centre. We can only hope that the customers don’t park in front of the gate,” Krishna Prasad, a resident living in Defence Colony told TOI.
Karim Rizvi, another resident living in MS Maktha notes that playschools have sprung up in a residence-cum-commercial flats in their areas which stands as a safe haven for single parents who are forced to work with no one to take care of their children.

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