The iconic Anand Bhawan, Swaraj Bhawan and Jawahar Planetarium in Prayagraj, have been served a notice of Rs 4.35 crore as house tax by the Prayagraj Municipal Corporation (PMC).
Anand Bhawan and Swaraj Bhawan have been home to the Nehru family. The Swaraj Bhawan now serves as a museum of memorabilia related to the Nehru family while Anand Bhawan is also a museum, showcasing various artifacts and articles of the era of Independence movement.
The three buildings are maintained by the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, a charitable trust headed by the Congress president, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi. According to PMC officials, the notice has been served on the ground that Anand Bhawan and the adjoining buildings are being used for commercial purposes and hence enhanced house tax is payable.
Mr. PK Mishra, chief tax assessment officer, Prayagraj Municipal Corporation, said, 'Around two weeks ago, we had sent a house tax notice on Anand Bhawan, Swaraj Bhawan and Jawahar Planetarium. In reply, we have received a letter from N Balakrishnan, the administrative secretary of the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund in Delhi. The letter has been forwarded to the Zonal Office (four) with instructions to carry out a detailed survey and submit a report regarding the total pending dues. Further decision would be taken after receiving the report.'