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SC asks firm maintaining ISBT to pay house tax

SC directs firm maintaining ISBT in Ludhiana to deposit 25% of the total house tax due to it within two weeks and the remaining within four weeks. The MC has since handed over the bus stand back to the company after the SC ruling, the firm's counsel said.

punjab Updated: Mar 20, 2012 14:40 IST
Arjun Sharma
Arjun Sharma
Hindustan Times

The Supreme Court has directed MSK Private Limited, which maintains the Inter-State Bus Terminal (ISBT) in the city, to deposit 25% of the total house tax due to it within two weeks and the remaining within four weeks.

The municipal corporation (MC) officials had sealed the ISBT on March 14 after the private company failed to deposit a sum of Rs 1.67 crore as house tax to the civic body.

The company had earlier told the MC that the state roadways should pay the house tax. After the case went to the high court, directions were given that the company would pay the tax and not the state roadways. The company then moved the Supreme Court, which also directed it to pay the due amount.

VK Sharma, legal officer of MSK Private Limited, told Hindustan Times over phone that the MC had handed over the bus stand to the company after the SC ruling. The company was ready to pay the amount due to it and the MC had allowed it to restart operations at the bus stand, he added.

The people visiting the bus stand have been put to inconvenience because of the sealing of the parking lot. A large number of people risk parking their cars outside the bus stand.

House tax superintendent Hartej Singh, who sealed the bus stand on the directions of the MC commissioner on March 14, said the police personnel were stationed at the bus stand till Monday evening so that the company did not charge the buses leaving the terminal.
Singh said that at present no money was charged from the buses leaving the bus terminal.

A meeting was held between the MSK officials and the MC commissioner on Monday evening, in which the company officials urged the commissioner to allow them to start operations at the bus stand. The MC has decided to hand over the ISBT to the company.

Sources said the company would pay full amount before March 25 to save interest on the house tax.

The company maintained the exit point at the ISBT where the outgoing buses used to deposit a sum of Rs 45. On the other hand, two-wheelers were charged Rs 2.50 whereas four-wheelers were charged Rs 6 by the company for four hours at the parking lot.

First Published: Mar 20, 2012 14:35 IST