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‘Tax has nothing to do with maintenance’

Grill session: Rajesh Khullar, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG)

india Updated: Jul 09, 2010 23:54 IST

Grill Session

Rajesh Khullar, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG)

The opening of the under-construction Solid waste Treatment Plant has been postponed number of times. When will it finally be operational?

The National Building Construction Corporation which is constructing the facility has given us July 25 as the final date to complete the work. However, we have been dumping the city’s garbage at this site since November 1.

Why has the launch of this plant been delayed despite it being cleared by the Haryana chief secretary in 2008?

Despite the chief secretary’s clearance, the file was sent again to the CM’s office for final approval for sub-leasing the site from Municipal Corporation of Faridabad to the contractor. It took three months and caused the delay.

Why are multi-level parking projects not being cleared for construction?

The Haryana Municipal Act does not allow a Municipal Corporation to sanction projects worth more than Rs 50 lakh. High-value projects such as multilevel parkings are approved by higher authorities. The state has to amend the Act to vest more financial powers with the Corporation or its Commissioner. As commissioner, I can’t approve projects that cost more than Rs 20 lakh.

The RWAs are against the house tax and they contend that no municipal election, no tax. What’s your reaction to this?

The Haryana Municipal Act empowers a municipal commissioner to act as a corporation in the absence of elected body of municipal councilors. The municipal commissioner can therefore act as a Corporation, pass resolutions such as imposing house tax and collect the same from the property owners.

Residents in private colonies say they have already paid the maintenance fee to the developers. So, imposition of house tax is out of context. What do you have to say?

Tax has nothing to with the maintenance of the locality. It is the government’s right to impose tax and it is the government’s prerogative to decide what use this money is put to.