With this, over 35,000 flats have now come under the ambit of house tax, and GMC hopes to generate over Rs 3 crore revenue annually.
The RWAs are of the view that the civic body is not entitled to impose house tax as it has not yet taken over the township. However, the GMC says that until the handover of the society, it will not levy sewer and water tax but is well within its rights to impose house tax.
Mahendra Singh Tanwar, municipal commissioner, said, “As a rule, house tax should be levied on properties falling under the jurisdiction of the Ghaziabad municipality. But there are many areas from where the GMC has not been collecting house tax, which has resulted in significant loss of revenue.”
“In Raj Nagar Extension township, we did not charge house tax primarily due to opposition from the RWAs and residents. They believe that till the time township is handed over to the GMC, it cannot levy house tax, which is a wrong notion,” he added.
The GMC, before imposing house tax in RNE township, carried out a survey of flats and societies in the township.
“In our survey, we found out that there are 55 societies and 35,000 flats in the township. And in March this year, we set up stalls urging residents to comply with house tax and we got a favourable response even though a section of people was opposed to it,” said Sanjeev Singh, chief tax assessment officer, GMC.
“At the rate of about Rs 3,000 per house/per year, we hope to collect house tax of about Rs 3 crore from the township,” he added.
Sudeep Diwedi, vice president of Gulmohar Garden RWA, however, said, “We are not averse to paying the house tax, but our contention is that we need facilities and civic amenities in consonance with the tax. The township does not have even one decent park and even civic waste collection is not up to the mark.”
After RNE, the GMC plans to introduce house tax in Crossings Republik township as well.