Residents under the banner of the Gurgaon Citizens’ Council (GCC) moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the Haryana government over the issue of house tax on Thursday.
“As directed by the Supreme Court on December 3, 2012, we moved the high court against the Haryana government for not completing external development works such as water, sewer, roads, power etc around private localities. Private builders also did not complete internal development works though both the government and builders collected charges years ago.”
“After completing the internal and external works, private localities are supposed to be transferred to the local body such as the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) for civic maintenance. Only after that, the government (through MCG) is entitled to collect the house tax from us,” said RS Rathee, president of GCC.
The GCC has made party to the case the principal secretary, town and country planning department, urban local bodies, director town and country planning department, chief administrator the Huda, MCG and a group of 14 Gurgaon builders, who got licences to develop towns/colonies years ago and are still maintaining them, but continue to collect charges for the same.
The next hearing of the case is on August 19.