Over 400 commercial establishments in Gurgaon will be sealed if its owners do not pay property tax before August 31.
The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has issued a warning to owners of several top malls, office complexes, eateries, real estate companies and shops that have not paid the tax for the last five years.
The dues, approximately Rs 500 crore, are pending despite the Haryana government recently offering rebates to owners of commercial establishments and the MCG sending repeated reminders.
The civic body has collected only Rs 46 crore so far from 3.5 lakh owners this fiscal.
“The corporation will take strict action in this regard. We hope that the owners pay property tax in time to evade action as their properties will be attached (sealed) and licence cancelled,” said Vikas Gupta, MCG commissioner.
Additionally, the Haryana government has announced that those who pay property tax before August 31 can avail a rebate of 30% on the outstanding amount between 2010 and 2013. The total interest amount on the tax for 2014-15 will also be waved off.
For the fiscal of 2013-14, MCG had aimed to collect Rs 200 crore towards property tax, but ended up with only Rs 54 crore.
Meanwhile, mall owners said they had requested the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) to correct the property tax bill structure and were waiting for the revision.
“We have requested the MCG commissioner for a revised property tax bill. We will have to check if the correction has been made or not. But, we will pay the property tax before the due date,” JK Gupta, general manager of Sahara Mall on MG Road, said.
“We will have to check with our department concerned if our property tax has been cleared or not,” said a senior executive of MGF Metropolitan Mall, MG Road.
In the last six months, the MCG has conducted more than 50 property tax collection camps in several malls, group housing societies and other commercial establishments.
The move was aimed to provide a hassle-free payment option to commercial establishment owners and residents.
The corporation also, recently, introduced an online payment facility.
“Despite all these attempts, the owners are taking the notice and corporation’s property tax bills for granted. This is wrong. We have no choice but to take action as per the Haryana Municipal Corporation Act 1994, which has a provision to seal properties and disconnect water, power and sewage connections,” said YS Gupta, joint commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG).