Gurgaon sector transfer may raise house tax
GURGAON: Homeowners in the city may have to shell out more property tax as MCG stands firm on its inability to take private colonies and Huda sectors for maintenance with the current levies.
After abruptly announcing in February that MCG would take over upkeep of some private colonies in the city, the Haryana government last month decided to transfer all Huda sectors across the state to municipal corporations for maintenance. But the corporations, including MCG, have a resource crunch and are looking for additional funds for their new responsibilites.
The MCG has made it clear it will not be able to maintain these areas with property tax alone and has asked the state government for permission to collect maintenance fees as well. According to sources, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has asked the urban local bodies department to see if the property tax can be revised in order to ensure that funds are generated. If and when effected, the property tax will go up across the state of Haryana.
The increased charges should be enough to cover maintenance of colonies that will get transferred to MCG eventually, Khattar is reported to have told officials.
A senior government official in Chandigarh said everyone was taken by surprise when the CM announced on February 5 that DLF phases 1-3, Sushant Lok-1 and Palam Vihar would be brought under MCG’s purview. Government agencies had, however, done little groundwork to ensure the transfer could be seamless.
“It is true that residents of these areas have been demanding the transfer for a very long time but the CM should have ensured a transfer system was in place before he made his announcement,” said the official. “Now, there is talk of a hike in property tax, but it is bound to backfire because the Khattar government will become unpopular if property tax is increased.”
MCG officials said they were waiting for the government’s clarification. “We are yet to hear from the government on whether or not we can collect maintenance fee from the residents. If we are not able to charge this fee then the government should provide an alternative as we cannot sustain these colonies through property tax alone,” an MCG official said.