Morni cries out for development

PANCHKULA: Around 60 residents of Morni block along with members of Chitra, a social group, met Panchkula MP Ratan Lal Kataria on Saturday and submitted a memorandum highlighting the major problems in the area.

People alleged they have to walk for miles through dense forest to reach their homes in Tikar, Tibba, Laid and Bhoj Kudana in Morni. "We are living like slaves. We are deprived of basic amenities. There are no roads. How can we expect a public bus in our area," said Dushant Kumar, a resident of Bhog Pur village.

Residents of Laid and Tibba villages alleged there was no water in their houses for past three months and they have to travel 6 km to fill drinking water for their families. "We are living in hell as there is no water supply to our area. Either we travel to Morni or we boil water from nearby ponds. Many people have been hospitalized due to the contaminated water," said Tarsem Lal, a resident of Tibba.

D K Saxena, director, Chitra, said students were the major sufferers as they were unable to go to their schools daily. "Students are suffering badly as they fear to go to their school through the forest. There is no electricity and they have to study with the aid of candlelight in the night," said Saxena.

Despite giving numerous written complaints to deputy commissioner SS Phulia and senior officials of the electricity department, residents continue to lead their lives in the dark. "It is a long project. We have already started work in Morni block and electricity connections have been given to many houses," said a senior official.

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  • Furore over plot allotment PANCHKULA: Much to the embarrassment of former Haryana CM Bhupinder Hooda and the Congress, the Haryana government, on Friday, accused Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) of allotting industrial plots at rates much lower than the collector rates fixed by the revenue department at the time of allotment.

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    Furore over plot allotment - The Times of India
  • Panchkula mall owner booked for fraud

    CHANDIGARH: Tainted managing director of Shalimar Estates R K Aggarwal along with his aides was booked for allegedly duping more than a dozen people of crores of rupees on the pretext of selling showrooms at Shalimar Mega Mall in Sector 5 of Panchkula on Sunday.

    The complaints against R K Aggarwal were being probed for last two months. The FIR was lodged on the basis of a legal opinion. Other accused were managers Ineet Aggarwal, Vijay Kumar, Parveen Kumar and Akshay Garg. R K Aggarwal, a resident of Sector 8, was absconding and efforts being made to arrest him.

    The process to attach his house was initiated in connection with another case.

    V K Gupta of Panchkula, who had filed the complaint, stated that the MD had invited them to purchase showrooms and shops in the mall after giving several advertisements in newspapers and they had paid him their hard-earned money. "We started demanding our money back when Aggarwal failed to give us possession of properties. Later, he refused to return the money," he added.

    Police sources said R K Aggarwal was operating his business from the showroom market in Sector 8 and victims had made payments, and signed necessary documents in his office. The FIR was registered at Sector 3 police station in Chandigarh.

    R K Aggarwal along with his wife and other family members were earlier booked and arrested for cheating business partner Kewal Garg of Rs 10.20 crore in March 2014. He was also convicted by

    UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum had also convicted him, ordering the police and estate office to attach his properties. The development had come following 10 execution petitions in which R K Aggarwal refused to obey the orders of the commission on October 16.

    A senior official said the fresh cheating case was earlier being probed by crime branch and later it was handed over economic offences wing (EOW).

    Panchkula mall owner booked for fraud - The Times of India
  • Losing the race

    Government policies are upsetting the realty applecart in Panchkula as it has remained the most dull market in the tricity region so far

    While the winds of slowdown have been sweeping the tricity region on the whole with plummeting sales and slow progress of the ongoing projects, Panchkula seems to have been hit the most as far as real estate fortunes are concerned. Prices have dropped by almost 35-40 per cent and it has an inventory overhang of 20 months according to market watchers.
    Though it is one of the key cities of Haryana, the real estate market here has performed badly in comparison with that in Mohali and its micromarkets of Zirakpur and New Chandigarh.

    The policies of the state government have actually stunted the real estate growth in Panchkula as projects smaller than 6 acres can not come up here as is the case in Mohali and other Punjab areas. There are FAR restrictions also as almost 80 per cent of the area has to be kept green and open, which makes the projects unviable for smaller builders on price band. Because of this only big builders have come up with residential projects here over the past 10 years. “For the real estate growth to become more widespread there is a need to promote small and local developers as they have more reach among the local population”, says Amit Gera, Proprietor of Gera Engineers.

    It seems that the state government is not in favour of projects less than Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500 crore to come up in the state. DLF, Ireo and Pearl group, have been the main builders who have launched residential projects in Panchkula area. But over the past five years the pace of development in these projects has been very slow. Even in the Kalka Pinjore urban complex one can see the structures coming up but there is little happenning on the actual habitation front.

    The growth of these mega projects has not only been very slow but because of the high prices most of these are investor based.

    Poor score card
    As many as 7,670 units have been supplied in Panchkula since 2011 and the average absorption rate has been 73 units per quarter in 2013-2014 as against 233 in Zirakpur and 133 in the still-developing New Chandigarh area.

    On the commercial front the malls have performed dismally here with Shalimar Mall being the chief example of retail and commercial fiasco in the city as it lies closed now after drawing poor response from shoppers as well as retailers for more than four years.

    In residential segment, too, the sale-purchase has hit rock bottom with even the most ‘loaded with supply’ Sector 20 also showing significant price correction. “While high prices serve as a deterrent for end users looking for apartments, investors and sellers are holding on to their stock. As a result there is virtually no sale-purchase going on in the sectors having high rises and supply of apartments”, says Rajesh Bansal, a local property consultant.

    The relatively newly developed sectors like 25, 26, 27, 28 across Ghaggar river in Panchkula Extension area have also not got a thumping response basically because of the distance factor. Even though the area is well developed with wide roads and parks and a green belt running along the Ghaggar river bed. The buyers are not particularly keen on checking out the options available there. “Security and distance issues are the main game spoilers here. This area is close to borders of Himachal as well as Punjab and it is easy for criminals to escape to these states after committing a crime in Panchkula, which is why several buyers are reluctant to settle here till the time proper police and law enforcement facilities are available here”, adds Bansal.

    Price factor
    There has been a correction of over 40 per cent in some pockets in the city. “A 10 marla built up house which was available for over Rs 2 cr three years back has no buyers even at Rs 1.7 crore”, says Gera. Even in the apartment segment the prices have seen a similar drop. Most of the apartment supply is in Sector 20 which has approximately 110 societies, most of which have been in existence for over 15 years.

    The current prices in sector 20 are between Rs 3500 and Rs 5000 per sq ft for high rise flats while land is priced at Rs 55,000 to Rs 85,000 per sq yd in different sectors.

    What ails Panchkula
    As a city Panchkula is well planned with wide roads, lesser traffic and more green areas and it’s liveability quotient is much higher, yet it is not a real estate magnate.

    As the real estate growth has been restricted here due to government policies not many people have moved into the city. The population growth is less, which is a big hurdle in getting better infrastructure. “In order to get corporation status also the Pinjore and Kalka areas had to be included in Panchkula as the required population was not there for this status”, says Gera.

    In Haryana urbanisation is not there at the level at which it is in Punjab as only big builders can afford to come here. In such a scenario it is not feasible for smaller builders to have projects here. Market watchers opine that a small builder and a smaller project has more reach for the local population, whereas a big builder is more concerned about figures and about investors ready to invest long-term. As a result the growth remains stunted and most of the township projects are reduced to ghost towns. Moreover, there is no set deadline for these big builders to finish these huge projects.

    For example take the case of the DLF project. The country’s biggest developer has more of an investor base and the high price band doesn’t suit the local buyers. The IREO project is also very steeply priced and the development has been going on in fits and starts and buyers are in a fix over the tentative date of completion.

    Panchkula has suffered because of the two main factors of lack of reputed educational institutions as well as of medical facilities as compared to these in Mohali. “Mohali has clearly pipped Panchkula in the realty race due to the presence of good hospitals, reputed educational institutions like IISER, ISB, NIPER besides a host of engineering colleges. The Punjab government has established a strong civic base to bring more and more people to Mohali, and people are the key to real estate demand”, says Bansal.

    Planning too is less than that in Mohali as the roads are in bad shape in many of the sectors, even basic hospital facilities are not there.

    only big houses and is more for the rich people with very little inventory for the middle income group.

    On the one hand the state government is promoting the affordable housing scheme by giving incentives to builders but on the other its policies are against such develpment. By allowing only bigger projects the basic price of units is jacked up as a result there is very little on offer for the middle income group people wanting to purchase property in Panchkula. Even in Pinjore where land prices are cheap in comparison the price of houses in the mid segment is around Rs 30-40 lakh for a 125 sq yd plot. “If there was a provision to build projects on smaller plots then these prices can easily be in the range of Rs 15-30 lakh”, says Gera.

    According to experts a dearth of developable land and higher capital values for existing developable pockets would tend to impede significant development of organised group housing projects.

    Thus, it is time to soften some of its policies so that real estate growth that is already suffering due to the severe slowdown gets some fillip in smaller centres in the state.

    Losing the race
  • Industrial plot allotment in Panchkula: Khattar directs state Vigilance to lodge FIR, Hooda implicated

    HARYANA Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has ordered the State Vigilance department to register an FIR in a case relating to alleged illegal allotment of 14 industrial plots in Panchkula in which former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda is directly implicated through decisions taken by him during his chairmanship of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).

    The Khattar government will now ask the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to take the case further, the Haryana Advocate General Baldev Raj Mahajan said.

    Acting on the legal opinion given by Mahajan, Khattar has ordered the State Vigilance Bureau to register an FIR in the case and then hand over the documents to the CBI for further probe.

    “I had sent my legal opinion probably on December 7 and the Chief Minister has now ordered a CBI probe in the case after registration of an FIR by the State Vigilance Bureau,” Mahajan said.

    The A-G’s legal opinion, accessed by The Indian Express, reads, “An FIR deserves to be registered against the then Chairman, HUDA , besides the then Chief Administrator, HUDA Sh. DPS Nagal, IAS, Sh. SC Kansal, Chief Financial Controller HUDA, Sh. BB Taneja, Deputy Superintendent HUDA, among others, including illegal beneficiaries of this grossly illegal allotment process and in fact in the peculiar facts and circumstances of the case, it is a fit case where the government of Haryana should consider to get the detailed investigation conducted in the matter, through independent agency like CBI”.

    AG’s opinion further reads, “There is sufficient evidence that near and dear ones of the then former chairman HUDA (Bhupinder Singh Hooda) were directly benefited due to the changed criteria/allotment process, which had been changed at his level.”

    The Indian Express had first reported on October 19, 2013 about the allotment of the industrial plots to those allegedly linked to the ex-CM, including the widow of his nephew, the son of his secretary, the daughter-in-law of his OSD, and the son of a close aide. According to records, the beneficiaries also included relatives of two Congress MLAs at the time and the daughter-in-law of a High Court judge. The allotments were made by the HUDA in July 2013 and approved by Hooda as its Chairman on the recommendation of a standing committee.

    In May this year, Khattar had ordered a vigilance inquiry into the case.

    After going through the detailed investigation report into the alleged scandal submitted by ADGP vigilance BK Sinha, the Advocate General in his 12-page legal opinion had said, “It would be appropriate and in the fitness of things to get the investigation conducted through CBI as in normal circumstances, it will be beyond of working of State Vigilance Bureau to probe into those deeper complexities involved in the matter.”

    Mahajan also gave adverse comments against former DGP Vigilance SN Vashisht . “It is quite clear that the comments given by Sh. SN Vashisht, then DGP Vigilance, recorded conjectural remarks on his own and his vague comments on thorough and detailed report given by the ADGP Vig, at best amount to a crude cover up attempt to whittle down the well reasoned and documented detailed enquiry report of the ADGP, whereby through sheer surmises alone, the then DGP Vigilance suggested the conducting a ‘deeper probe’, and investigations, before naming the higher ups, who are otherwise clearly involved in the matter.”

    Even the crucial file related to the allotment of plots had gone missing for which BB Taneja, Deputy Superintendent HUDA is directly responsible and this calls for a stringent action, recommended the Advocate General.

    Despite repeated calls and SMSes sent to Hooda, he did not respond for his version.

    Economics of the plots
    The plots, which varied from 496 sq mtr to 1280 sq mtrs, are located in Industrial Area, Phase-1 of Panchkula and at the time of allotment cost Rs 64 lakh for 1280 sq m and Rs 31.74 lakh for 496 sq m. The market price of a 1280 sq m plot in the area was around Rs 6 crore at the time. Under the rules of the allotment, those who were given the plots were also allowed to sell, gift or mortage them with the permission of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), after paying the allotment amount.

    More officers could land in trouble
    AG’s legal opinion also mentions, “The aforesaid recommendations had been made by a committee comprising three officers Sh. SS Dhillon, Sh. YS Malik and Sh. Ajit Mohan Sharan – all senior IAS officers. Technically, it could be argued that FIR also deserves to be lodged against them. The fact, however, remains that there is nothing on record as to how the aforesaid three officers got benefitted from the changed criteria”.

    - See more at: Industrial plot allotment in Panchkula: Khattar directs state Vigilance to lodge FIR, Hooda implicated | The Indian Express
  • Huda to spend Rs 20cr to make Pkl slum-free

    PANCHAKULA: Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has plans to spend Rs 20 crore to make Panchkula slum-free city. Flats will be provided to slum dwellers under this scheme.

    According to district administration officials, biometric survey to ascertain population was conducted in 2010 which showed 7,000 population of Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and on basis of the census, work was started to construct flats under which currently 2,000 flats were allotted to slum dwellers which were named by the government as Ashiana flats. These flats were given to slum dwellers in various sectors like sectors 20, 22, 26 and 28.

    Scheme is to cover all slum colonies of Panchkula which have encroached on HUDA land in the city to provide them the Ashiana flats. Slum colonies include Rajiv Colony, Indira Colony and Azad Colony.

    Officials said that the primary objective behind this scheme was to make city slum-free and provide accommodation to the poorer sections at very low prices with the help of government and 2,000 slum dwellers has started taking facilities of these houses made for them various sectors of the city.

    HUDA has acquired land around 20 acres in Buddanpur village and in various sectors to construct more 500 EWS Ashiana flats and the work has been started which is likely to end in 2017. Local MLA, Gian Chand Gupta, said, "Around 2,000 slum dwellers of the city were given the possession of Ashiana flats and work for more 500 Ashiana flats is under process which would likely to be complete in 2017." Our main motive is to make Panchkula city slum-free, added Gupta.

    Officials also informed that an applicant would have to pay around Rs 2.75 lakh for a single flat, the market price of whose is stated between Rs 15 lakh and 20 lakh. In this scheme, the state government and district administration would also provide them with financial assistance.

    To safeguard allottees, the government had carried out a biometric survey in 2010 in which fingerprints of all family members had been taken and put in an electronic chip and the entire family information would be available on the chip so that no single person sells flat to someone else.


    - A total of 7,000 slum dwellers are present in the city according to biometric survey conducted by the administration

    - 2,000 people has been given flats in various sectors like sectors 20, 22, 26 and 28.

    - Construction of more 500 EWS flats started in 2016 in Buddanpur village and some sectors by HUDA which likely to be completed by 2017.

    Govt survey

    To safeguard allottees, the government had carried out a biometric survey in 2010 in which fingerprints of all family members had been taken and put in an electronic chip and the entire family information would be available on the chip so that no single person sells flat to someone else. An applicant would have to pay around Rs 2.75 lakh for a single flat, the market price of whose is stated between Rs 15 lakh and 20 lakh. In this scheme, the state government and district administration would also provide them with financial assistance.

    Huda to spend Rs 20cr to make Pkl slum-free - Times of India
  • Panchkula MC gets nine Huda sectors

    Panchkula: Municipal corporation has now got nine more sectors of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) under its ambit. According to local MLA Gian Chand Gupta, this change has been done throughout Haryana and the main reason behind it is to help residents who were confused about sectors under Huda and MC.

    Sectors 20-28 which were under HUDA have now been shifted to MC and all their work including roads, cleanliness, sanitation, streetlights, sewage, will be done by MC, the MLA said. Parks would also be maintained by MC and various committees would be formed by the corporation to maintain these. MC mayor Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia said, "Though it could be a problem intially but things would get better once we get sufficient funds, staff members and a proper office. We will write to Huda to shift staff and funds meant for these sectors."

    The MLA said that all the vacant plots in these sectors would be auctioned by MC and the revenue generated would be given to MC itself. Shifting of sectors from HUDA to MC will be effective from May 1.

    Panchkula MC gets nine Huda sectors - Times of India
  • National Herald case: ED books former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda under PMLA

    The vigilance Bureau had registered a case of cheating and corruption against Hooda and four officials who were in HUDA for allegedly re-alloting a plot to AJL in Panchkula in 2005.
    PTI | Jul 23, 2016, 07.42 AM IST

    NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate has booked former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, officials of the Associated Journal Limited (AJL), publisher of the National Herald newspaper, and others on charges of alleged money laundering.

    Officials said the central probe agency registered a criminal case under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after taking cognisance of a Haryana State Vigilance Bureau FIR of May this year.

    The vigilance Bureau had registered a case of cheating and corruption against Hooda and four officials who were in HUDA for allegedly re-alloting a plot to AJL in Panchkula in 2005.

    They said summons will soon be issued to the accused named in the ED FIR.

    Hooda termed the action as "political vendetta" and said there was no wrong doing.

    The vigilance case that was registered under various IPC sections, including criminal breach of trust by a public servant, cheating, criminal conspiracy and under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, was registered against Hooda, the then Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) chairman, an ex-officio post held by him as the CM, and four other top officials of HUDA on May 5 this year.

    The plot had been initially allotted to AJL in 1982.

    After the expiry of the lease period in 1996, then Haryana Vikas Party goverment led by Bansi Lal took back its possession.It was re-allotted to AJL after the Congress leader came to power in 2005.

    The Vigilance Bureau had alleged that the act by the then HUDA chairman and the officials had caused a huge financial loss to HUDA as the plot should have been sold through open auction instead of being alloted again to AJL.

    A separate FIR had been lodged in December last year by the state vigilance bureau against Hooda as the then chairman and chief administrator of HUDA for alleged irregularities in allotment of industrial plots in Panchkula three years ago.

    Hooda had then said that no rules had been violated in the allotment.

    Opposition parties in Haryana had sought registration of a criminal case in the matter for alleged illegal re-allotment of land in Panchkula from the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government.

    In a missive to the Chief Minister, Leader of the Opposition Abhay Chautala had said a plot measuring 3,360 square metres in the prime location of Sector 6 in Panchkula was reallotted to the Associated Journals Ltd on June 29, 2005.

    However, soon after Congress was voted to power in 2005, Hooda initiated the process of restoring the plot to AJL on a representation made on its behalf by one of the trustees, Chautala had claimed.

    National Herald case: ED books former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda under PMLA | ET RealEstate
  • Panchkula MC starts issuing notices to property tax defaulters A default amount of Rs10 crore is expected to be recovered from major defaulters, and Rs15 crore tax is expected to be recovered from residential and other commercial property defaulters

    PANCHKULA: In a major step towards streamlining and systematizing the record of property and the property tax branch, and rooting out the ongoing nexus, the municipal corporation (MC) has started issuing notices to tax defaulters on Friday. MC commissioner Lalit Siwach informed that among the major defaulters, there is a list of 18 commercial property owners to whom notices have been issued. A default amount of Rs10 crore is expected to be recovered from major defaulters, and Rs15 crore tax is expected to be recovered from residential and other commercial property defaulters.

    He said the MC's property tax branch is one of MC's major revenue generating branches, which contributes in a big way to the overall development works of the city. Since the past three years, however, the records of the branch have neither been maintained nor are they available, with some records also missing. Siwach informed: "This has been taken seriously, and today, we have prepared a list of tax defaulters in three categories -- major defaulters in commercial properties, other defaulters in commercial properties, and all defaulters in residential properties.

    MC officials also informed that during the course of proceedings in some cases, important records relating to the recovery of property tax of some big business establishments were found missing, and an FIR regarding the same had been registered in the Sector 14 police station. Siwach said: "Records are being updated on a war-footing, and strict directions are being issued to officials to complete the work within a stipulated time-frame. The government is also being requested to post more staff in the property tax branch."

  • Only 13 of the 43 residential sites sold in HUDA's e-auction Out of total 43 sites, registrations were received for only 21 sites, and out of these 13 were sold off.TNN | October 28, 2016, 18:00 IST

    PANCHKULA: The first e-auction of residential sites in Panchkula by Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) turned out to be a damp squib after only 13 residential sites were sold out of a total 43 sites that were selected for the e-auction, held here on Thursday. The development authority managed to collect a revenue of Rs 25 crore.

    Out of total 43 sites, registrations were received for only 21 sites, and out of these 13 were sold off.

    It was for the first time, that HUDA had held an e-auction for the residential sites in Haryana, as earlier the process was carried out through manual bidding.

    "It was good response, considering that it was the first e-auction for residential sites. There is a certain level of security and assurance which comes if people purchase HUDA plots," said estate officer Manish Lohan.

    He, however, added that lesser number of registrations could be due to the change in payment schedules that required payment be made within 4 months.

  • Panchkula mayor asks CM to punish municipal officers Arvind Bishnoi| TNN | Updated: Nov 28, 2016, 08.30 AM IST

    PANCHKULA: Mayor Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia has written a letter to Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar to take action against officers for boycotting the house meeting on October 25 that has stalled development works of the city.

    The letter signed by 13 out of 20 councillors said MC commissioner Lalit Siwach and estate officer O P Sihag along with administrative staff left the house meeting when a few councillors raised questions regarding development.

    Ahluwalia, in her letter, also mentioned that she had moved a complaint with the urban local bodies (ULB) department the next day with proof of behaviour of the officers in the meeting but no action was taken.

    Ahluwalia also informed the CM that councillors wanted to conduct next house meet to discuss the development works of the city but due to the behaviour of these officers, they were unable to call the meeting.

    Ahluwalia said, "If officers will boycott meetings, how will development works be discussed? The government must look into the matter."

    Various development agenda items, including carpeting and fixing of paver blocks, installing street lights and signboards in all wards, development of parks and their maintenance, night sweeping in main markets of the city, sterilization of dogs and problem of stray animals could not be discussed in the meeting.

    On September 21, Siwach wrote a letter to Ambala divisional commissioner Ankur Gupta, who sent a show-cause notice to the mayor under section 37A (removal of mayor, senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor) of the MC to act over some complaints by the MC staff.

    The mayor, in her reply, alleged Gupta, Siwach, Kalka MLA Latika Sharma and Panchkula MLA Gian Chand Gupta were obstructing her cause of promoting transparency in corporation.

    In her reply to the high court, Ahluwalia said she has the right to access the record of the MC, however Siwach refused to do so.

    Sihag said, "I do not know why the mayor always highlights the name of executive officer and MC commissioner as other officers like the joint commissioner and superintendent engineer also left the meeting. We did not boycott the meeting. It was a protest against the councillors who raised out-of-meeting questions."

    Despite making various calls to the MC commissioner, he did not answer his phone.

    Citizens Welfare Association president S K Nayar said, "Citizens are suffering due to the fight between top bosses of the MC. We don't want politics regarding our development works. They must keep aside their politics and work of development of the city."

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  • Do we have any latest update on upcoming e-auction of huda residential plots in panchkula?
  • Panchkula MC sends property tax notices 1st time in 16 years PANCHKULA: Panchkula municipal corporation (MC) has sent property tax notices to its residents and traders for the first time in 16 years. Hinting at the fact that the MC has no proper record of the property tax defaulters in the city, the civic body has sent hefty bills to residents who claimed to have paid the taxes regularly. It has also served default notices on 150 odd traders at Grain Market in Sector 20, demanding property tax worth Rs 1.75 lakh to Rs 2 lakh from each.

    A trader at the grain market Varinder Garg said, “Recently MC has issued notices to 150 odd traders of the market demanding property tax. MC has never sought for property tax from any of the traders since the market’s inception in 2001 and now after 16 years, MC has suddenly woken up realizing that they have 150 property tax defaulters in grain market.”

    In the year 2015, the audit department had pointed out in the budget submitted by the MC about the details of property tax to be collected by the civic body.

    Residents who have received notices from MC despite paying their taxes regularly said they would now have to produce the receipts of the tax paid to MC to prove that tehy are not defaulters.

    Rakesh Aggarwal, a resident and also a member of resident welfare association RWA said, “In my recent RTI letter to MC, I had asked for details of records of property tax to be recovered from the residents as well as information about the defaulters. But MC has failed reply to it till date. Now, MC has sent fresh notices to many such residents who have already paid the property tax, including me, proving that MC has no records of the property tax defaulters. It seems that MC does not even have the records of the receipts against which property tax has been deposited.”

    Reasoning to this, mayor Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia said, “We are into the process of compilation of the records and as far as notices sent to residents who have already paid their share of taxes, will be checked.”

    Interestingly, MC has no records of total property tax to be charged form the residents of Panchkula.

  • Consumer forum directs DLF Homes Panchkula to refund buyers' money for delaying possession The total price of the said independent floor, as depicted in the agreement was Rs 49.60 lakh, excluding other charges like securities, deposits and taxes as specified in the application/agreementKamini Mehta | TNN | December 28, 2017, 16:30 IST

    CHANDIGARH: A consumer disputes redressel forum on Wednesday directed DLF Homes Panchkula to refund around Rs 51 lakh and pay Rs 1.60 lakh as compensation and litigation charges for failing to give timely possession of a flat.

    Surinder Singh Mann and his wife Agamjot Mann, residents of Modern Housing Complex, Manimajra, in their complaint stated that Om Kant Aggarwal was allotted an independent floor in DLF Valley, Panchkula by the realtor on October 5, 2010. However, the independent floor buyer's agreement was executed in Chandigarh on April 26, 2011. The aforementioned unit was then purchased by them from Om Kant Aggarwal on May 3, 2013.

    The total price of the said independent floor, as depicted in the agreement was Rs 49.60 lakh, excluding other charges like securities, deposits and taxes as specified in the application/agreement. All in all, a sum of Rs 51.42 lakh was paid to the realtor, which was also acknowledged by the realtor.

    As per clause 11(a) of the agreement, the opposite parties (Ops) were to complete the construction of the floor within a period of 24 months from the date of execution of the agreement. It was stated that upon numerous requests and visiting the site from 2013 onwards, the realtors assured that construction was being expedited and possession would be offered soon. It was also stated that the possession was offered on April 19, 2017.

    The complainants alleged that relators through possession letter raised illegal demand of Rs 12,17,896.49 plus Rs 90,491. The realtors, however, shared that there was a stay by the Punjab and Haryana High Court of India which in turn, delayed the completion of the project. "The complainants have made baseless allegations of unfair trade practice and deficiency in service," the realtor said. To this, the forum said that the argument made by the realtor was not tenable.

  • Property tax paid, but Panchkula residents still get notices Residents alleged they produced the receipts of the tax paid to the MC but were still receiving the noticesBarinderjit Saluja | TNN | January 08, 2018, 16:00 IST

    PANCHKULA: Property tax payment receipt has become a precious piece of paper for residents of Panchkula. Reason: the municipal corporation (MC) has been sending legal notices for recovery of tax to residents who have already made the payment.

    “Losing the receipt of the deposited property tax will lead to double tax payment. We have even scanned receipt copies and secured them in laptops,” said M L Gupta, resident of Sector 16.

    Rakesh Aggarwal, a property owner, said this proves that the MC has not updated records of taxpayers. Aggarwal said, “The civic body is harassing residents. One such tax notice has been received by me as well and other residents of Sector 12. We have receipts showing property tax for the year 2017-18 has been deposited with the MC, but still notices have been slapped on us.”

    Residents alleged they produced the receipts of the tax paid to the MC but were still receiving the notices.

    Varinder Garg, another resident, said the MC goof-up has stolen the peaceful sleep of many residents like him.

    V K Sharma, owner of a commercial property, said, “I got a shock when the MC served a notice on me four months after I had deposited commercial property tax of Rs 50,000.”

    The civic body has also sent property tax notices to 150-odd traders of Grain Market in Sector 20 after 16 years. Traders alleged the MC had never issued any notice demanding property tax since the inception of the market in 2001.

    Garg, who is also a trader in the market, said, the MC recently demanded property tax worth Rs 1.75 lakh to Rs 2 lakh from each trader. “Suddenly, the MC wakes up realising they have 150 property tax defaulters in the Grain Market.”

    Interestingly, the MC has no records of total property tax to be charged from residents of Panchkula.

    Ignore notice if tax paid: MC

    Panchkula municipal corporation (MC) commissioner Rajesh Jogpal said, “We have mentioned clearly in the notice that those who have already paid the property tax must ignore the notice. We are in the process of compilation of records and notices sent to such residents who have already paid the tax will be checked.”