New Delhi: The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has decided to collect outstanding property tax from hundreds of group housing societies which have not allotted flats to customers so far despite land being allocated after 2004. The MCD has directed the zonal office to collect taxes of these periods from such societies. The tax stands anywhere between 40 lakh and 80 lakh.

Head of the MCD Property Tax Department, MSA Khan, said, “Had flats been handed over to the customers on time, the MCD would have charged its property tax from the flat owners.”

After 2004, about 300 societies have been built in Dwarka from which the MCD is expected to receive Rs 125 to 200 crore property tax, he added.

Meanwhile, the MCD’ decision has terribly upset the people residing in societies. A member of the Gold Craft society Anil Rajput says, “The government has provided us nothing in the name of convenience. But the common man is repeatedly harassed in the name of different taxes. When the notice for Rs 40 lakh to Rs 1 crore taxes is slapped, the load will obviously be felt by the flat owners. Talking about Dwarka, it still lacks proper basic amenities like roads and water supply.”
It is to be noted, the MCD had decided to collect additional tax from the group housing societies in September for the community centres and guard rooms built in these societies. There are several such societies in Dwarka, Rohini, Indraprastha Extension and Mayur Vihar.