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Traders launch protest against land-use tax

india Updated: Apr 21, 2011 00:01 IST

Traders in Faridabad have decided to launch an agitation against slapping of notices to owners of commercial establishments for taxes under Change of Land Use (CLU).

“We have been receiving notices from Municipal Corporation of Faridabad (MCF) for paying hefty taxes as CLU; it is totally unfair,” said Jagdish Bhatia, president of Viyapar Mandal Faridabad.

On Sunday, traders held a meeting in this connection and decided to launch a massive agitation in case the tax is not reduced.

“The process of sending notices started about 10 days ago; the fee has to be deposited within 15 days,” said Balbir Singh Panwar, Zonal Taxation Officer of MCF, adding, “in case the recipients of the notices fail to deposit the fee, their property will be treated as unauthorised and action will follow.”

A three-member committee constituted by the state government and headed by the Gurgaon divisional commissioner had recommended regularisation of 50 commercial streets of Faridabad.

However, as per the notification a few months ago, only 44 were regularised.

Regularisation of commercial streets had been a longstanding demand of the traders. However, they are unhappy because they have to cough up hefty charges for benefiting from the notification.

Of the 44 commercial streets, 34 are in NIT area whereas six are in Old Faridabad and four in Ballabgarh.

MCF officials said traders in the declared commercial streets have to pay R7,200 per sq metre for the road with
width of 12 metres to 30 metres and R9,200 per sq meter for the road with width more than 30 metres.

Officials added that owners of commercial establishments on the 44 declared commercial streets will have to approach the civic body and fulfil the formalities besides depositing the prescribed charges.

“We have been paying every tax for the last 40 years, now to pay massive taxes in the name of change of land use will be opposed tooth and nail,” said Bhatia.