The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has received a notification from the Agra Municipal Corporation requesting that it pay Rs 1.47 lakh in house tax on the Taj Mahal. According to reports, the tax must be paid within 15 days.
RK Patel, the superintendent of ASI Agra, is speaking with the ASI Directorate about the situation. The notice states that the house tax, which totals Rs 88,784 as of March 31, 2022, as well as interest for failure to pay taxes due, totaling Rs 47,983 are both overdue. For 2022–2023, an additional Rs 11,098 would be charged as house tax, for a total of Rs 1.47 lakh.
Amounts paid by the owner to the municipal corporation or the local government for their region are known as house taxes or property taxes. The tax is owed annually and applies to real estate assets such houses, offices, and spaces that are rented out to other people.
Another ASI-protected site, Itmad-ud-Daulah, which is also vying for World Heritage Monument classification, received a similar notice.
The tax recovery letter, according to Vishal Sharma, secretary of the Agra Tourist Welfare Chamber, is incomprehensible because the Taj Mahal is a national treasure and a world heritage site. About 102 years ago, in 1920, the monument was designated as a protected monument.
This is the first time a residence tax notice for the monument has been delivered to the ASI.
According to Sharma, the mayor of Agra needs to explain why the Taj Mahal was used as the subject of this notification. RK Patel, the superintendent of ASI Agra, reaffirmed this and claimed that ASI is only acting as a caretaker.