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Gurgaon declares war against civic body, says no to house tax

Residents here are up in arms against the house tax assessment notices slapped on them by the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG). The Joint Action Forum of RWAs (Jafra), which claims to represent 150 resident associations, is going door-to-door asking residents not to pay up.

india Updated: Jul 14, 2010 00:30 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

Residents here are up in arms against the house tax assessment notices slapped on them by the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG).

The Joint Action Forum of RWAs (Jafra), which claims to represent 150 resident associations, is going door-to-door asking residents not to pay up.

Hoping to collect Rs 350 crore from the 3 lakh-odd property owners here, the MCG has brought self-occupied houses into the tax ambit.

On June 27, Jafra chairman Col (retd) Ratan Singh had led a delegation to Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. The CM reportedly assured Jafra he’d get the matter reviewed by the Haryana taxation committee.

“We’ve got 20,000 circulars printed and started distributing them to the heads of member RWAs, especially those representing privately developed colonies and Haryana Urban Development Authority sectors. I have asked the DLF City RWA to get 25,000 more circulars for distribution there,” said Singh.

“We have cautioned residents against paying till the government announces elections to the municipal corporation and forms an elected municipal body under the elected mayor. There have been no municipal elections ever since the formation of the MCG in June 2008,” he added.

The Jafra has also declared to resort to public rallies, road blockages, gheraos and hunger strikes if their demand of withdrawing these notices was not met.

Besides RWAs from privately developed colonies as well as HUDA sectors, the Gurgaon Industrial Association (GIA), Udyog Vihar Chamber of Commerce and Industries, social organisation People's Action and representatives of former panchayats of various villages have supported the latest move. Forty two villages of Gurgaon were merged with the MCG when it was formed in 2008.

MCG commissioner Rajesh Khullar, on his part, said, “It is right of the government to impose tax and what this money is used for is the prerogative of the government only.” Khullar said house tax had nothing to with the maintenance of private colonies.

He added, "It is right of the government to impose tax and what use of this money so collected from the residents is made is the prerogative of the government only."