The residents of New Gurgaon on Sunday decided to up the ante against the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon’s plan to recover Rs. 600 crore from them in the form of house tax.
About 100 residents of DLF City areas, such as Sushant Lok, South City, Beverly Park, Heritage City, Regency Park, Oakwood City, Laburnum Apartments and others, met here.
"We will not pay tax twice over for the same service. Let the MCG take over the private developers' areas first and take care of the maintenance. We will be happy to pay house tax then," said GS Rathee, president of the Gurgaon Citizens Council (GCC).
The residents' body had filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the MCG house tax notices. Though the apex court did not stay the house tax collection, the MCG had been asked not to use any coercive methods to recover the money.
"It has been unanimously decided that residents will not pay the tax. We are already paying maintenance charges to the private builders for the same services. We have also decided to file an appropriate writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court for a proper direction to MCG in this regard, if need be," said Rathee.
Ashok Bhardwaj, president of the South City 1 RWA, said, "How can we pay house tax to the MCG when we don't have basic amenities after paying maintenance charges to our developers."
According to the MCG, around 4 lakh properties in Gurgaon have pending house tax and property tax bills.
Two sub-committees have been formed for the same — one for complaint redressal to deal with around 50,000 objections raised by residents against payment and another sub-committee on tax collection.
In the wake of the resistance, the urban local body had proposed to interlink the payment of house tax or property tax with fire NOCs and trade licenses.
Other city RWAs and associations such as the Joint
Action Forum of Residents' Associations (Jafra) have also threatened to take to streets against the MCG house tax notices.