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Residents move apex court over property tax

Unit holders in private colonies say the MCG can’t charge property tax as it does not carry out any development activities in these areas.

india Updated: May 01, 2012 01:17 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

A section of residents group — who live in private developers’ areas — has approached the Supreme Court against the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) for slapping house taxes on them. These irate residents have been paying maintenance charges to their respective developers ever since these townships such as DLF City, Sushant Lok, Southcity and others came into being in 1980’s.

Ironically though, these townships had come under the jurisdiction of the MCG in 2008 (when it was constituted). But the MCG did not carry out any work here as these localities were never transferred to it. MCG’s civic works continue to be restricted to old municipal limits of Gurgaon only.

“The MCG can collect property taxes from the residents who live in areas where the corporation carry out maintenance work. In our areas, the MCG is not doing any maintenance work at all,” said president of Essel Tower residents’ welfare association (RWA) Rajiv Lamba.

The Supreme Court has admitted the special leave petition of the Gurgaon Citizens’ Council. The case may be heard sometime in May. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has sent a notice to the MCG in this regard.

The Gurgaon Citizens Council represents the RWAs of over 50 privately developed colonies. According to the members of the GCC, the MCG sent property tax bills to owners, ignoring the fact that laws of two agencies cannot be applicable and the two agencies cannot claim maintenance fee from a same person.

“Our area is still being maintained by a developer and we pay maintenance fee every month to him. Why should we pay property tax to the MCG,” asked TN Kaul, general secretary of the GCC, adding that the bills of the MCG stand illegal.

However, MCG commissioner Sudhir Rajpal refused to comment on the matter as it was sub-judice.

“I will speak about it only after we look into the legalities of the matter,” said the MCG commissioner.

First Published: May 01, 2012 01:03 IST