Now, plot owners protest house tax bills by MCG

Gurgaon, Jan. 22 -- After property owners in private localities and townships recently protested imposition of house tax by the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG), it is now the turn of residents of plotted houses in Huda sectors to jump the bandwagon.

Residents of Huda sectors have trained their guns on the MCG for sending them house tax notices/bills and adopting coercive steps to collect the amount.

MCG commissioner Vijay Singh Dahiya, however, denied the allegations.

Around 70% such houses in Huda sectors are self-occupied and the owners claim that the state government had assured them that there would be no house tax on self-occupied properties five years ago.

This was before the inception of the MCG in 2008 after which a fresh house tax calculation process was put in place by the Haryana government.

"The bills we received from the MCG are contrary to the Haryana government's commitment of exempting us from house tax," said an owner.

According to another resident, chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had promised that there would be no tax on self-occupied houses but MCG started sending us bills from 2010. They continue to do so despite my repeated requests that our houses are exempt from house tax.

Dharmsagar, chairman, Federation of Residents' Welfare Associations of Urban Estate, along with many other residents, lodged a written protest with Dahiya last week.

"Undertakings which were submitted by residents of self-occupied houses have not been taken into consideration while preparing the house tax bills," said Dharamsagar, who has received a bill of Rs. 10,664.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.