Many government offices, including those of state vigilance, excise and taxation, labour and others, being run in sectors within the jurisdiction of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) in Gurgaon have been issued a notice to clear unpaid rents piling up over several years. The Huda sent the notices seeking payment of all dues at the earliest. These offices are spread across several sectors under Huda’s control.
In a meeting held two days ago, the issue of many government offices vacating their offices on Huda premises without leaving a prior word with the concerned estate offices came up for discussion. The rules stipulated by Huda state that any office will have to intimate the Huda estate office before vacating the rented space.
Vivek Kalia, estate officer (EO-I) Huda said, “We have written to state vigilance, excise and taxation and labour departments to pay pending rents at the earliest. These departments were run on Huda premises at the commercial complex of Sector 15.”
“If they do not respond to the notice, we will send a recovery reminder after seven days. The unpaid rents are in lakhs,” the estate officer said.
According to Huda’s accounts department, the monthly rent for these offices was Rs 8,750 per month.
“State vigilance (department) has not paid rent since July 2012. Excise and taxation (department) hasn’t cleared its dues since February 2011 and the labour department didn’t pay rent for five years — from May 2001 to December 2006,” an accounts officer not authorised to speak to the media said, adding that apart from these offices,many other government departments have also been issued notices to pay their rents.
An excise official requesting anonymity said, “We informed our headquarters about the rent at the time of vacating the Huda accomodation at Sector 15. They will pay the rent.”
The Huda earns a sizeable chunk of its revenue by renting out spaces to shops or offices at commercial complexes across various sectors. Rents at sectors 15, 14, 18, 17, 31, 40, 56 and 45 are on the higher side.
In January, the Huda had warned its employees of deducting rents from their salaries for occupying government accommodation in Gurgaon despite being transferred to other cities.
The HUDA has more than 200 properties spread across the city.