There are 116 booths having illegal basements in the Motor Marketcum-commercial complex in Manimajra, but the municipal corporation has issued notices to only 10 violators.
Also, in a major violation of rules, the civic body is charging property tax to the tune of Rs 5,000 per booth every year since 2004.
As per the MC record, basements have been illegally constructed in all 116 booths and the owners are paying the property tax.
The basements violate the conditions laid down in the allotment letters and are against the provisions laid down in the Punjab (development and regulation) Act 1952.
Speaking to HT, MC joint commissioner Rajeev Gupta said, “We are issuing them resumption notices and imposing a heavy penalty — up to Rs 5 lakh. We had even sealed a couple of shops for illegal basements. As far the collection of property tax is concerned, estate branch has nothing to do with it.”
A senior official of the MC’s tax branch said, “It is the duty of the estate branch to check the violations and tax branch has nothing to do with it.”
Former deputy mayor Davesh Moudgil said, “It is very unfortunate on the part of the officials that they are passing the buck. Despite MC receiving several complaints, nothing is being done. These basements were constructed nearly 11 years back and MC has failed to check the violations.”