Finance Minister Inaugurates ‘GST Bhawan’ in Agartala, Marking a Milestone in Tax Administration

Finance Minister Inaugurates 'GST Bhawan' in Agartala, Marking a Milestone in Tax Administration
Finance Minister Inaugurates 'GST Bhawan' in Agartala, Marking a Milestone in Tax Administration

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman marked a milestone in tax administration by inaugurating the impressive ‘GST Bhawan’ in Agartala, Tripura’s vibrant capital city. This newly established office complex will serve as the headquarters for CGST, CX, and Customs for the Agartala, Guwahati Zone under the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC). The strategic location of the GST Bhawan at Mantri Bari Road ensures quick and easy accessibility to all taxpayers, while its proximity to the recently constructed Agartala Airport complex further enhances convenience.

Designed with the citizens’ needs in mind, the GST Bhawan is set to provide improved access to GST-related matters, fostering seamless interactions between taxpayers and officers. Its state-of-the-art facilities and top-notch fittings elevate the tax administration experience for all stakeholders.

The successful completion of the project, despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, highlights the government’s commitment to timely delivery and efficient execution. The GST Bhawan, spanning 0.71 acres with a built-up area of 3,000 sq. meters, was constructed at a commendable average cost of Rs. 93,333/- per sq. meter, significantly lower than the average construction cost in Agartala.

Prior to this transformative step, the CGST Agartala Commissionerate operated from rented buildings. With the establishment of the dedicated GST Bhawan, taxpayers can now enjoy the advantages of a modern, purpose-built infrastructure that caters specifically to their needs, enabling a seamless experience with tax-related matters and services.

The impact of GST implementation in Tripura is evident from the substantial increase in revenue collection. In the financial year 2022-23, the state witnessed an impressive collection of Rs. 982.50 crore from Inter-State trade, as compared to a mere Rs. 4.21 crore collected as Central Sales Tax (CST) in FY 2016-17.

Agartala, the capital of the Northeastern state of Tripura, has a rich cultural heritage, reflecting its glorious history. The city, known for its historical sites, ancient buildings, and religious temples, offers tourist attractions like Ujjayanta Palace and Neermahal. With its humid subtropical climate and excellent air, rail, and road connectivity, Agartala is easily accessible for tourists and residents alike. The establishment of the GST Bhawan adds yet another feather in the city’s cap, ushering in a new era of efficient tax administration and improved services for taxpayers.