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Private builder area residents want MCG to act


GURGAON: The Gurgaon Citizens’ Council, a resident’s body, has written to the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) demanding to know if it is in a position to take over the private builder area, or not. The private builder area residents have long been protesting against the way they are being made to pay twice – to the private builder for maintenance and to the MCG as property tax.

“Last December, while hearing our case, the Supreme Court had directed the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and the private builders to finish the external and internal development within six months and hand over the charge to the MCG so that it can start providing the essential services to those residing in private builder areas. However, it seems unlikely that they will be able to complete the work within this timeframe,” said R S Rathee, president of the council.

“We have, therefore, written to the MCG commissioner to find out if it will be able to take over the private builder area within this timeframe and start providing us services. If it says it will abide by the court order and take over our area, only then will we start paying property tax to the corporation. Otherwise, we will approach the high court and file a case against all three government agencies – HUDA, MCG and department of town and planning for failing to comply with the Supreme Court order,” he said.

The GCC has also written to the DLF requesting it to complete all internal development works in all five phases and apply for completion certificate so that the process of handing over each phase of the colony to MCG can begin at the earliest.