Admn sitting on house tax nod despite 3 reminders from MC

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 16, 2014 14:01 IST

Despite the municipal corporation (MC) sending three reminders in the past six months to the UT administration over approval of fixation of house tax, the latter is still sitting on its hands.
Meanwhile, residents are in a fix over when and how much tax they have to pay this year.

While issuing a notification of house tax on July 4 last year, UT administration had urged the MC to revise the tax within three months. Thereafter, the corporation had sent a proposal to the administration of the same rates charged last year, and sent three reminders in past six months, but they are still waiting for an approval.

UT administration had notified the house tax in Chandigarh at the rate of ? 1 per square yard for houses covering an area of 125 square yards or more. It had exempted houses having plot area less than 125 square yards, economical weaker section (EWS), low income groups (LIG) category, and houses in villages falling within the limits of the MC.

When the UT administration asked the MC to revise the rates last year, the civic body had formed a six-member committee under the chairmanship of Sunil Bhatia, additional commissioner, MC, and even prepared a draft of the revised rates, but the House rejected it.
MC joint commissioner Rajiv Gupta said, “We have already sent them three reminders and latest was last week, but till date they have not replied to it.”

Despite repeated attempts, UT home secretary Anil Kumar could not be contacted
But another senior officer of the UT administration, on the condition of anonymity, said, “We want the MC to revise the rate, as it is too low compared to that of Punjab and Haryana. We have sent rates of all three states - Chandigarh, Haryana and Punjab - to the UT administrator, who will take the final call.”

Deputy mayor Davesh Moudgil said, “Congress misled people by assuring them that the tax would only be imposed at the rate of ? 1 per square yard. It was also promised that it would not be increased. However, according to the provisions of the Municipal Corporation Act, tax is to be imposed as per the rental value of the building. The UT administration has sent several reminders to revise the tax. But, we will not allow revision.”

Baljinder Singh Bittu, chairman, Federation of Sector Welfare Associations, Chandigarh, said, “Poor coordination of the MC and UT administration has come to fore with the tax issue. It is unfortunate that even after six months, they are not able to decide about house tax, leaving residents in a fix.”

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