Failing to pay property tax by Oct 31 may land Gurugram owners in trouble – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: Property owners in Gurugram can lose their water and sewage connections if they fail to clear their property tax dues by October 31, officials of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) said on Wednesday.

According to the MCG officials, as per the notification issued by the Haryana government, only three days are left to avail the benefit of exemption in the payment of property tax issued by the MCG.

According to the notification, the government is giving an interest waiver and 25 per cent rebate to those paying their entire property tax dues by October 31.

“We have given a last opportunity to the property owners to pay their dues within the next three days. If they still do not pay their property tax, the process of cutting their sewer and drinking water connections will be initiated by the civic authority from November 1,” MCG Commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh said.

“A special drive to seal commercial buildings will be carried out and the process of auction can also be adopted by sealing the building,” he added.

As per the government notification, property owners who deposit their entire outstanding property tax by October 31 will be given a 25 per cent exemption on property tax from 2010-11 to 2016-17.

“Property owners who have deposited their property tax in the last three years till October 31, will be given an additional 10 per cent rebate along with the regular 10 per cent rebate. Those paying by auto debit mode will get the benefit of an additional 5 per cent discount,” an MCG official said.

Charitable educational institutions, charitable hospitals and special schools for children, which charge the same fees as government schools and hospitals, are given a 100 per cent exemption.

The officials further informed that the civic body has also started an incentive scheme for all the resident welfare associations (RWAs) of the city. Municipal corporations will give an incentive amount of Rs 5 lakh to the RWAs which submit property tax of more than 80 per cent.



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Gurugram: Illegal construction rampant, residents of DLF-2 and 3 go to DTCP – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: Residents of DLF-2 and 3 have approached the department of town and country planning (DTCP) seeking action against rampant illegal construction going on in the area by some plot owners in violation of the building norms.

Sudhir Wahi, a resident of DLF-2, said unauthorised construction being carried out by one of his neighbours, Parveen Gupta, caused damage to his house. DTCP has already recommended the registration of an FIR against Gupta for violating the building norms and causing injuries to another neighbour.

“The force exerted by the commercial digging machines that were used by my neighbour has damaged my underground water tank. The tank has now become unusable as water leaks from it, resulting in seepage in connecting walls,” Wahi said. He added that the beams on Gupta’s ground floor are projecting beyond his boundary and resulted in cracks in Wahi’s wall.

DTCP filed a police complaint and recommended an FIR against Gupta, his architect and structural engineer for violating building norms three days ago after the parapet wall on the terrace of Gupta’s building fell on an adjacent house in September last year, due to which a neighbour sustained injuries.

As per the complaint filed by the department, the parapet wall on the building’s terrace, which was supposed to have a thickness of 9 inches, was only four-inch thick and failed structurally.

During the course of its investigation, the DTCP found that Gupta had procured approval of the building plan through the self-certification scheme. Under this, the owner, along with the architect and the structural engineer, is responsible for carrying out and supervising construction as per norms, and also for ensuring safety.

Wahi said, “While I will follow the process in court, I have written to DTCP and DLF to get the construction stopped immediately at Gupta’s premises. If not stopped, the illegal construction may lead to my house collapsing. Gupta should also be directed to get the damages to my property rectified urgently at his cost,” he said.

Tej Singh Yadav, a resident of DLF-3 has also submitted a complaint to DTCP alleging threats by neighbours. “My parents, who are elderly and have heart disease, are being harassed by some neighbours after they objected to unauthorised construction in the latter’s buildings. One of the neighbours is carrying out unauthorised construction, which is blocking the staircase and poses a risk to the structural integrity of the 30-year-old building in which we live,” said Mili, Yadav’s daughter.

The department has been flooded with many such similar complaints in the two DLF colonies, where unauthorised construction has damaged adjoining buildings or posed threats to the buildings’ structures.

When contacted, district town planner RS Batth said: “We have taken action against such buildings and property owners in DLF areas. I will personally visit the sites and initiate strict action against unauthorised construction. In case of serious violations, the department will file police complaints against the property owners.”



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Gurugram civic body kicks off drone survey to identify panchayat land – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) started a survey using drones on Saturday to identify panchayat land in 39 villages it plans to take over. The villages, meanwhile, continue to oppose the decision to bring them under MCG’s jurisdiction.

Officials said a total of 10 sq km of area was covered on Saturday and the survey will be completed in 25 days. “We started the drone survey on Saturday to ascertain panchayat land and keep a record of land in these villages. The survey will map areas where houses have been constructed so that we have all the land records ready before the takeover. This will also help us to keep a check on unauthorised construction after takeover,” said a senior MCG official privy to the matter.

MCG officials said the survey will cover all 39 villages and the corporation has already been issued a no-objection certificate from the district administration to conduct the survey. “We have already been granted permission by the district commissioner’s office,” added the official.

After the takeover, around 7,070 acres of land in these villages will come under MCG limits. Shikohpur, Bajghera, Manesar (urban and rural), Daultabad, Kasan, Baskula, Wazirpur, Sikanderpur, Hayatpur, Dhankot, Ullawas, Berampur, Bhondsi, Nayagaon (situated in the revenue estate of Bhondsi village) and Kadarpur are among the villages that the civic body plans to take over.

Expressing displeasure over the proposal of taking over these villages, members of the Gurugram Sarpanch Association met deputy CM Dushyant Chautala in Chandigarh on Friday. Chautala assured them that villages won’t be forcibly brought under MCG limits.

According to the estimates prepared, MCG is likely to generate a revenue of Rs 97.5 crore every year if these villages are taken over by the civic body. The revenue estimates include property tax to the tune of Rs 8 crore, Rs 25 crore as the share of MCG at 1% stamp duty, electricity charges of Rs 21 crore, and interest on fixed deposit of these villages of the order of Rs 30 crore.

MCG officials said water and sewerage lines will be laid in the villages after the takeover and the facility of door-to-door waste collection will also be provided.



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Tech glitches in property registries delay process, confuse buyers in Haryana – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: Hundreds of homebuyers have been left in the lurch, with frequent glitches in software hitting property registrations in the city for the past seven days.

The state government recently restarted registration of properties in plotted areas, after a ban of around one month. However, since the restart of registration, the process is getting disrupted due to technical glitches. Many owners say they are also unable to sell their properties due to the delay in registration process.

Avaneesh Sharma, an IT consultant, said he had finalised a three-bedroom builder floor in Sector 57 and even paid a token amount to the property owner, but he is unable to complete the deal as registration is not taking place at the local tehsil office. “I am waiting for it to restart,” he said.

Sources said there have been some changes made in collection rate due to which registration charges of builder floors have also changed and it is causing the glitch in software. However, officials have not confirmed the reason.

Ramesh Singla, president of Gurgaon Home Developers and Plot Owners Association, said around 500 builder floor owners are waiting for registration of their properties. “We have written to the revenue department to resolve software-related issues so that the registration process can restart soon and buyers as well as sellers can complete property-related transactions,” he said.

He said many homebuyers have paid token money for buying property but are in a fix over registration. “After taking token money, the property is blocked and the developer is also left with no other option but to wait,” Singla said.

On July 22, Haryana halted registrations of deeds related to transfer of land in the state till August 17. But the government lifted the ban only in September, impacting the real estate market adversely.

When contacted, a revenue department official admitted that glitches in the newly installed software are leading to problems in the registration process. “The concern has been shared with the departmental head in Chandigarh through the deputy commissioner with a request to resolve the issue. It is expected that the registration of properties will be restored in the next two to three days,” he said.



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