Malls in Bengaluru yet to pay Rs 69 crore property tax: Karnataka CM Bommai

Several malls in Bengaluru failed to pay property tax worth Rs 69 crore to civic body, chief minister says Basavaraj Bommai.

While responding to a question raised by MLC N Ravikumar during Question Time at the State Legislative Council on Thursday, Bommai said the city has 43 malls, nine of which have not paid their property taxes.

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According to data provided by Bommai, Lulu Hyper Market (Rs 18.66 crore), Mantri Mall (Rs 20.33 crore), GT World mall (Rs 3.85 crore), Gopalan Arcade on Mysuru Road (Rs 9.86 lakh ), VR Mall (Rs 3.90 crore), Total Mall at Mahadevapura (Rs 85 lakh), Rockline mall (Rs 6.64 crore), Royal Meenakshi Mall (Rs 14.96 crore) and Virginia Mall (Rs 64.95 lakh) did not pay taxes to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). Over the past three years, the BBMP has collected Rs 160.38 crore in property tax from shopping malls.

Notably, the BBMP had set a target to collect property tax of Rs 3,780 crore for the financial year 2021-22 but only collected Rs 2,845 crore till March 8. The civic body is expected to present its budget at the end of this month.

A BBMP official said that while ignorance of property tax collection is largely responsible for the situation, property tax is often undervalued due to corruption of some of the officials.

In a recent raid by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on 27 BBMP offices across Bengaluru, it was found that some municipal officials had assisted private parties to evade taxes resulting in a loss of over 230 crores of rupees for the Treasury.

Penny D. Jackson