DELHI: After months of deliberation, the special committee appointed by the state government was finally able to clear the property tax muddle late on October 16, paving the way for the municipal corporation to resume tax collection in Gurgaon.
The MCG’s tax-collection drive was suspended in June this year, following allegations made by numerous plot owners that the tax bills they had been receiving were erroneous.
“We will be resuming property tax collection in Gurgaon as soon as the notification from Chandigarh arrives,” said Anju Chaudhary, joint commissioner, MCG. Refusing to comment on the nature of the new tax-calculation norms, Chaudhary said that the matter was being dealt with ‘at the level of the government’ and therefore was beyond MCG’s purview.
The special committee, appointed by Haryana’s public works (buildings and roads) minister had set about ‘rationalizing’ the property tax calculation process. As per the revised norms, Gurgaon residents will still have to shell out the same amount of Re 1 for every square yard in property tax, provided their plots measure not more than 300 square yards.
For larger plots, the per-square-yard rates can shoot up to tenfold. Plots between 301 square yards and around two acres will now be charged anything between Rs 4 to Rs 10 per square yard.
Commercial properties of up to 1,000 square yards will be levied Rs 12 per square yard, and Rs 15 for every square yard above this size. Basements that are exclusively being used as parking spaces will be exempted from these charges, according to state officials.
The official figures compiled by the MCG show that a total of Rs 270 crore had been collected from Gurgaon in property tax during the past one year.
“We have had to hold the property tax collection drive in abeyance for the past five months now. It is likely to resume very soon now. And all areas will be covered,” said an MCG official.
The state government’s committee has also divided the region into two categories, A1 and A2, with Gurgaon and Faridabad grouped in the former, and Panchkula, Ambala and Panipat listed under the latter category.