A day after the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) sealed the office of the residents’ welfare association (RWA) in Sushant Lok 1, residents on Wednesday decided to meet the officials and take up the issue with them. The RWA office is in a room on the first floor of the community centre and the MCG has sealed the entire building over the developer’s alleged failure to pay property tax.
The MCG had sent reminders to Ansal API, the developer of Sushant Lok, but the payment was not made.
“We cannot even enter our office now. The MCG should at least allow the association to function from the place. We have decided to meet senior town planner (STP) Yusuf Mansuri and MCG joint commissioner YS Gupta. We are already facing civic problems that we have been fighting against for long and now we have an additional problem,” said AK Nagpal, RWA president.
However, Gupta said, “To unseal the building, Ansal API will have to deposit property tax.”
Ansal API has expressed its displeasure over the sealing as well. The Ansal management said that MCG has wrongly slapped commercial charges on the community centre.
Rakesh Goyal, senior vice president, Ansal API, said, “We have strongly contested the commercial charges and are likely to give a representation to the joint commissioner in a day or two. The community centre building is being renovated for the past three years. Residents use the premises for social gatherings and there is no question of using it for commercial purposes. We feel sorry for the residents who are suffering as they are unable to use their office.”
There have been numerous complaints of commercial charges being levied on buildings in residential and industrial areas.
The MCG had earlier surveyed all buildings of the city and recorded them under commercial and non-commercial categories as per their present use.