In order to recover expenses from the property tax defaulters, Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has decided to turn-off water and sewage connections from the residential properties. With over Rs 400 crore due in property tax, MCG commissioner Yashpal Yadav has decided to take this stern step.
Focusing on this decision, Yashpal Yadav said, “While sealing of commercial properties will continue for non-payment of property taxes, action will also be taken against defaulters of residential properties by disconnecting the water and sewage connections.”
This 400 crore of tax include arrears over the last 10 years, ie since the corporation was formed. After some exemptions, the total recoverable amount will be about Rs 250 crore, a senior MCG official added.
According to the last year data, MCG has recorded highest property tax collection, with Rs 500 crore in the bag. Still, it has not fully recovered its dues. So, the MCG commissioner has directed all the four zonal taxation officers to draw up a list of all the properties in both the residential and commercial category.
“Once the list has been drawn up, the process of issuing notices would commence. In case the property owners fail to pay the taxes despite the notices, then action will be taken in terms of disconnecting water and sewage lines.” Said, official.
MCG commissioner further said that they have also decided to bear all the expenses in sealing proceedings or otherwise will be billed to the property tax owners concerned. These changes will be informed to residents beforehand and will be mentioned on property tax receipts.
From October, MCG has decided that any kind of claims and objections on property tax receipts will be allowed only through the online system. Also, the work for the e-auction of defaulter properties has started.