Thirty nine properties, including a Pizza Hut joint, was sealed by the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) on Friday for failing to clear property tax dues.
As per MCG officials, the Pizza Hut franchise in SRS Mall, Sector 49, owed the civic body ₹8.5 lakh worth of property tax dues.
The MCG’s tax recovery team sealed 21 properties in zone 1 and 18 in zone 4.
Zone 1 compromises areas in Old Gurgaon such as Basai, Daulatabad, Dhanwapur, sectors 4 and 7, while Zone 4 includes upscale areas along Golf Course Road and DLF Phase 1, 2, 4 and 5.
“Despite repeated warnings and notices, property owners failed to clear their dues and hence, these establishments were sealed. They have been informed to clear their dues at the earliest or else their properties could be auctioned on May 20,” SS Rohilla, spokesperson of MCG, said.
As per sources, the MCG hastened its sealing process as its rebate scheme for property tax payers nears its deadline of April 30 and the auctioning process of sealed properties is to start on May 20.
Prior to Friday’s sealing drive, the MCG had returned ₹1.3 crore worth of property tax by initiating collection drives in Zone 4 alone.
The MCG will accept property tax payments with 25% rebate and 100% waiver on interest till April 30.
Taxpayers have various avenues open for them to clear their dues and these include the MCG’s official website, www.mcg.gov.in, or the citizen facilitation centres in Sector 34 and Civil Lines. They can also clear their dues through Paytm, which enables cashless transactions, or visit the nearest Axis Bank branches.
Having set a target of ₹250 crore with regard to property tax collection in fiscal 2016 -’17 in its budget, the MCG has already collected ₹300 crore so far. In fiscal 2015-’16, the MCG had collected ₹398 crore in property tax.