Panchkula’s troubled Shalimar Mega Mall in a tight spot again
Power supply to the district’s Shalimar Mega Mall at Sector 5 has been snapped as the deadline to pay around Rs 20 lakh in pending bills expired.chandigarh Updated: Jul 07, 2015 11:11 IST
Power supply to the district’s Shalimar Mega Mall at Sector 5 has been snapped as the deadline to pay around Rs 20 lakh in pending bills expired.
Sub-divisional officer of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Ltd (UHBVNL), SK Goel confirmed that electricity to the mall had been disconnected owing to non-payment of dues.
He said power supply to the mall had been disconnected in May as well, but was restored after the shopping plaza management made partial payment and assured to clear the rest of the payment by June 28.
“The connection will not be restored until the complete dues are cleared,” Goel added.
Only one among a 100-odd shops in the sprawling complex was functional, owing to a dispute between the management and the shop owners. Even this shop, which houses a tattoo studio, has remained shut for the past few days, with its owner, Deepak Narang, complaining to the police that the management barred his entry after the power connection was snapped.
In his complaint to ACP Dalip Kumar, Narang also alleged that the management was threatening him.
The mall has been in the news for wrong reasons before as well: In May, the police registered a case of cheating against its management, including the owners.
The management had invited application for allotment of showrooms and collected around Rs 70 crore on pretext of giving out commercial space in the mall.
However, the management allegedly neither executed the sale deeds in favour of the allotees nor gave them possession of the space.
Information gathered by the allotees under RTI Act revealed that the management of the mall had no power to sell the showrooms till Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) executed the conveyance deed in their favour, which has not been done so far.
No arrests have been made so far. A director of the mall management, Innate Aggarwal, could not be reached for comment despite repeated attempts.
MC TO RECOVER PROPERTY TAX
The mall management has also defaulted on the property tax to the tune of several lakhs. The Panchkula Municipal Corporation (MC) said it has started the process of recovering the amount. MC executive officer (EO) Manendra Singh on June 1 had written to Huda, asking it to provide details of the area covered by the mall and its drawing.
Singh said the MC has issued several notices to the mall management but got no response.