Mumbai, Dec. 4 -- The East Indian community, who are among the original inhabitants of the city, have recently demanded property tax exemption for koliwadas, gaothans and tribal hamlets. The demands were made in letters to the municipal commissioner and chief minister (CM) Uddhav Thackeray on Monday.

The community members said that though it has been an old demand, they approached the CM because his party had promised exemption and relaxation of property tax many times in the past. "Property tax exemption currently is only for houses less than 700 sq ft, but a 701 sq ft house at Madh will be valued at Rs. 22 lakh and a flat with the same carpet area at Malabar Hill stands at Rs.4 crore. There cannot be a differential treatment. One needs t...