Guwahati: The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has issued notices to more than 200 private schools for evading property tax to the tune of Rs 7 crore over the years.

The notice has been served to the private schools to explain why they failed to pay the property tax. A 30-day deadline has been fixed for school authorities to respond to the notice.

GMC commissioner Debasish Sharma said the total evaded tax has been estimated to be nearly Rs 7 crore.

In a similar exercise in October this year, the civic body had served notices to 66 private hospitals and nursing homes in the city, asking them to submit occupancy certificates.

The commissioner added that the aim behind serving notices is not to take any action immediately against the school authorities but to make them aware about paying property tax on time.

Several such steps have been taken to increase collections from the taxes to augment the revenue earnings of the urban body over last six months.

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