Pune: Only 18,833 or 9% of more than 2 lakh individual property taxpayers in the Pune municipal limits availed of tax discount under the rainwater harvesting incentive during the 2022-2023 financial year, showing poor adoption of the green project in the city.
“A total of 18,833 individual property taxpayers got collective discount of up to Rs 85 lakh in their taxes for 2022-2023 for having rainwater harvesting, among other green initiatives, in place. In total, we have more than 2 lakh property taxpayers in the city,” an official from the PMC’s property tax department, said,
In 2017, rainwater harvesting projects were made mandatory for all new commercial and residential projects under the new Development Plan Control Regulations (DPCR). “We have had the system in place for the past 10-12 years now, and are not dependent on water tankers any more. Prior to rainwater harvesting, we required about 10-11 tankers every day during the peak summer period. The benefits outweigh the investment,” a resident from Kubera Bahar, a housing society on Baner Pashan Link Road, said.
Vaibhav Mane, president of Hadapsar housing societies’ federation, said, “It has been seen that many societies don’t get discounts under the scheme. Once the members apply for the discount, they have to regularly follow-up to avail of the benefit. The system needs to be streamlined to encourage more people to warm up to the green initiatives.”
PMC offers tax sops for vermiculture for wet waste management, solar panels and rainwater harvesting. For each project, a 5% discount is offered and a maximum of 10% discount can be claimed for any of the two projects.
Prasad Katkar, assistant commissioner of Hadapsar-Mundhwa ward, said, “Every time an application comes to us, we send our engineers for on-site inspection. It does not take a lot of investment or maintenance for rainwater harvesting projects. Many people may not be aware of it.”