The residents of Raj Nagar Extension are looking forward to approach the Allahabad high court against the house tax being collected by the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation.
In a general meeting held on Sunday, the federation of Apartments Owners Association Raj Nagar Extension discussed this possibility with its members. "We may file a writ in the next two weeks," he said.
The collection of the house tax has become a matter of contention between the residents of the area and the corporation. The corporation is collecting tax from all the high-rises of the area since the past few weeks. While the area is still under the jurisdiction of Ghaziabad Development Authority, the residents are trying to find out the rationale behind this decision of GMC.
“Why do we pay tax to GMC when the civic body does not provide us a single facility,” questioned Gajendra Arya, president of FedAOARNE.
The federation has written several letters to GMC and GDA to carry out the civic work in the area. However, both the bodies blame each other when it comes to carrying out the development in the area.
"Many societies are still not provided with completion certificates. Inspite of giving development charges to the authority, they are not providing any facility to us,” said Virendra Indoliya, secretary of the federation.
Last week, on Monday, the members of the federation met with the officials of Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation and submitted a memorandum letter asking about the veracity of the tax collection.
Reacting on this, GMC officials had told CitySpidey that Raj Nagar Extension comes under GMC and the authority can charge house tax from the residents of the area. "As per the rules, we can levy house tax there (area). The resident use roads, streetlights and markets so we can charge tax against using these facilities," a GMC official said.