GURGAON: After receiving a lot of flak about the way house tax assessment was done, the MCG has decided to conduct a fresh survey altogether. The decision was taken on Thursday by Ram Niwas, financial commissioner and principal secretary of the Urban Local Bodies department, while on a visit to the city.
According to the financial commissioner, the new survey will be undertaken immediately. “We will try to assess house tax as accurately as possible, using all the modern technology available. We are also looking to simplify the process of paying the tax and are looking at the possibility of letting the owners pay the tax at banks as well,” said Ram Niwas. Calculations will be done according to the new tax policy approved by the state government, he added.
There have been a lot of discrepancies in the present survey and over 50,000 residents have raised objections to it. The councillors too have been demanding that a fresh house tax survey be conducted.
Objections against the present assessment include wrong measurement of the covered area, incorrect calculations and wrong name and address in the assessment sheet. A number of private builder area residents have also objected and have claimed that they will not pay the tax till the time the MCG does not provide them basic services like water supply and sewerage system.
According to sources, the MCG will use satellite imagery to conduct the survey. “A lot of new properties have come up as the last survey was conducted a couple of years ago and we want to use satellite imagery to know the exact number of structures. A door-to-door survey will also be conducted to verify the name and address of each property and also to find out if it is a self-occupied house or a rented one,” said an official.
The last survey was conducted by a private agency and a majority of the councillors have accused the agency of not having conducted the survey in the right manner.