Govt. takes tourism taxes seriously

The state government has taken seriously the non-payment of the annual state share by some developers who have been allocated land on lease for the development of projects in public-private partnership mode.

Tourism Minister V. Srinivas Goud has ordered officials to take action to recover the fee amounting to several crores of rupees.

The Minister said that previous governments had determined the share of government revenue when allocating land in strategic locations to private actors.

Proponents of these projects who successfully managed huge revenue-generating projects, however, went to court for petty reasons and did not give the government its due, resulting in huge loss of revenue for the public treasury. . The Minister thoroughly discussed the issue with senior officials and directed them to take action to collect the dues as soon as possible.

He ordered relevant officials to take stringent action against developers who were found to be in default of government payments. In addition to reviewing legal action against such developers, officials should ensure that notices are served on them asking why services such as water, electricity and other basic amenities should not be arrested.

The officials explained to the minister that Prasad’s I-Max dues were ₹27.45 crore and the Jala Vihar failed to pay ₹6.51 crore. Snow World dues were ₹15.01 crore, Expotel Hotel (₹15.13 crore), Das Palla Hotel (₹5.67 crore) and golf course promoted by Prajay Engineers Syndicate were to ₹5.58 crore. Trident Hotels were owed ₹75.05 crore.

The minister said he would bring the matter to the attention of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao for further action to collect dues from these promoters.

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