GURGAON: Suspecting large-scale irregularities in the payment of rentals by petrol pump owners, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) is now digging out old records.
In all the HUDA sectors, the petrol pumps are giving land on lease and as per the agreement the petrol pump owners pay rentals. The city has 75 petrol pumps which cater to industry, transport, commercial and residential complexes. Of these, 25 petrol pumps are operating on HUDA land for which owners pay monthly rent.
A senior HUDA official said that the petrol pump owners pay rent as per the number of pumping units being used. Earlier there was a provision of fixed rent for petrol pumps but the rules were changed three years ago. “Now the rental varies depending on the number of pumping machines functioning in each petrol pump,” said a HUDA official.
Details of all the petrol pumps from both estate officer I and II have been sought on an urgent basis. According to HUDA rules, the petrol pump owners pay a fixed rent for the land and 40% of that amount for each dispenser installed in the petrol pump. Each petrol pump has two or more petrol dispensers.
“The details of the petrol pumps and the number of units will be checked by the department and then the further course of action will decided,” said the HUDA official. Preliminary reports suggest that several pumps are not paying the rent as per the new norms. The rental discrepancies have been noted and this prompted HUDA to carry out the detailed survey.
“In case it is found that some petrol pumps have more number of dispenser units than mentioned in the records of HUDA, then they will be issued notices,” said another HUDA official. Meanwhile, some of the petrol pump owners were not surprised when told about the irregularities in rental payments. “Maybe in the case of some petrol pumps the owners might have delayed payments to HUDA. HUDA will issue notices if there is any such discrepancy,” said a petrol pump owner, on condition of anonymity.
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