The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) again faced the wrath of residents of the Millennium City for slapping house tax notice/bills last week.
The notices were sent to many residents living in private developers' areas. The matter is pending in the Supreme Court and will come up for hearing on December 3.
"The MCG cannot collect house tax from us till the apex court gives a clear direction. The court, in its first hearing on July 3, had asked the MCG not to collect house tax from us," said RS Rathee, president, Gurgaon Citizens' Council (GCC), a body that represents the private developers' areas.
In July, the GCC had filed an appeal in the SC against the house tax notice on the ground that MCG does not provide basic services such as sanitation, water, among others, to these areas.
"How can the corporation collect tax from us in the name of civic amenities, when the same is not provided by it? We pay maintenance charges to our respective developers," said TN Kaul, a member of the GCC.
"How can we pay tax in the name of civic amenities to both the private developers and corporation? The Supreme Court on our appeal has asked the corporation not to collect tax till further direction," Kaul added.
"We are only sending house tax bills and not forcing the owners to pay the tax," said Anju Chaudhary, joint commissioner (headquarters), MCG.
"We are not violating the SC direction in this regard," said Chaudhary, adding that the bills were being served regularly by the MCG.
The GCC has appealed to the apex court to direct the Haryana government to take all developers' areas under its control and provide basic amenities before slapping the house tax notices.