Representatives of various resident welfare associations in Gurgaon on Saturday got together in DLF City to protest against levying of house tax.
The residents’ associations said the house tax issue has been challenged in the court and have requested Gurgaon residents, especially those living in privately-developed colonies such as DLF City, Sushant Lok, South City, Palam Vihar and others, to not honour the house tax assessment notices issued by the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG).
The former president of DLF Qutub Enclave RWA R.S. Rathee said Gurgaon Citizen’s Council has moved the Punjab & Haryana High Court and submitted a writ petition against levying of house tax.
The Gurgaon civic body has identified about 3 lakh units in HUDA sectors, old municipal limit and those located in privately developed colonies that are liable to pay house tax.
Rathee said, “According to the Haryana Development and Urban Regulation Act, 1975, the municipal corporation cannot levy tax until it has taken over the privately developed colonies under its full administrative control.”
Property owners claimed that Haryana had collected external development charges (EDC) to the tune of more than Rs 6,000 crore from the developers since 1984 for providing infrastructure such as roads, sewerage, water supply, drainage, horticulture, power grid stations, hospitals, colleges and university and sports complexes. “Of this, a major part of work still remains to be done after all these years,” said a resident of DLF City.
But civic body officials said house tax had nothing to do with maintenance of the privately developed colonies.