4 Banquet Halls Sealed In Gurgaon Over Property Tax Dues
In early March, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) sent notices to about 76 banquet hall owners operating in the city over non-payment of property dues—together, these operators owe the municipal body Rs 9.27 crore as property tax.
These operators were given time till March 31 to clear their dues. More than half of the banquet hall owners have failed to meet the deadline, forcing the municipal body to initiate action. Officials say only 32 banquet halls have cleared their dues so far.
As a result of this, the MCG on April 10 sealed four banquet halls — Vatika Garden, Shyam Vatika, Lotus Garden and Yadav Garden. Together, the four operators owe the municipal body about Rs 51 lakh as property tax. This is the first time in a decade that the MCG has initiated such an action—many of the banquet hall owners have not paid their property tax for 10 years now.
While the owners of Shyam Vatika have to pay the MCG Rs 32.25 lakh, owners of Vatika Garden have pending dues of Rs 10.8 lakh. Owners of Lotus Garden owed the MCG Rs 4.43 lakh while owners of Yadav Garden have to pay Rs 3.40 lakh. It is worth mentioning here that people book these places months in advance for wedding and other social events, and the sealing might be a cause of worry for them.
Owners of Prakash Vatika, Amit Farm and Celebration Garden were saved as they paid dues to the tune of Rs 62 lakh on the spot when the team arrived to seal the premises. MCG officials say the sealing drive will continue against the erring operators.
An audit done by the MCG in February this year also revealed that 62 banquet hall were operating in the city without any fire safety clearances certificate.
In early March, the Ghaziabad Administration had told banquet hall owners operating in the city’s green belt to shut shop. The GDA also sealed several wedding hall operators for flouting building and safety norms.