The Federation of Apartment owners Association Raj Nagar Extension will gherao the officials of Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) coming to oversee a house tax collection camp set up in KW Srishti, a highrise in Raj Nagar Extension tomorrow.
The team will meet the officials of GMC and would demand a rationale to charge this tax. “GMC in reply to its every complaint related to Raj Nagar Extension maintains that the area is not under its jurisdiction. It does not even do a tiny work of development. Yet, they charge house tax from the area. It’s absurd,” questioned Gajenra Arya, president of FedAOARNE.
“We will ask the officials to give us rationale behind levying this tax when GMC does not even look after the waste management and cleanliness of this area. GMC says that Ghaziabad Development Authority will sort out the matter as the area is under its supervision currently. When we approached GDA, they blamed the builder,” said Arya.
GDA officials acknowledged this situation but maintained that the collection and disposal of waste are the tasks of highrises itself. “One of the conditions of passing the layout plan was provision of composting plant which none of the highrises made,” the official said. “However, the builder did not comply after the layout was sanctionbed which led to this problem,” the official added.
While the FedAOARNE will be questioning GMC officials about the house tax levied on the residents of Raj Nagar Extension, the fact is, municipal corporation of Uttar Pradesh are empowered by law to charge house tax to the colonies which come under their limits. Under clause A, section 172 of UP Municipal Corporation Act 1959, the municipal corporations are empowered to levy property tax on the houses lying under their perim eter of governance, irrespective of the fact that they provide service or no service in the area.
Reacting upon this, Arya said that he is aware of this law but still oppose the move of extracting taxes from the residents of this area when not even a petty services the GMC is providing to them.
The federation also demanded that if GMC is levying tax in the area, then it should provide facilities. “Plant saplings atleast,” commented Dharmendra Choudhry, a member of FedAOARNE.
Choudhry also questioned that if GMC has no authority over the Extension, then why does it charges fees on the use of unipoles.