How can you tax Gurgaon without basics in place, SC asks Haryana

Describing the lack of facilities to the residents of Gurgaon as “shocking,” the Supreme Court on Friday said the Haryana government or the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) had no business to collect property taxes from them when they had failed to provide basic amenities like sewer and drain in the “so-called most posh colonies in the National Capital Region (NCR).”

“Do you have sewer lines or fresh water or even drainage system? How can you levy a tax for maintaining a service that you don’t even have?,” a bench of Justices D K Jain and Madan B Lokur said.

“No property there is worth less than Rs 1 crore. However, they don’t even have basic facilities. What have you done regarding providing external services, particularly drains and water? You tell us in an affidavit what external and internal services you provided for these township colonies,” said the Bench.

The court was also anguished by the absence of a counsel for the Haryana government and decided to call its Principal Secretary (Law) to explain lapses in their representation and to clarify their stand on providing basic facilities to Gurgaon residents.

The court was hearing petitions by NGO ‘Gurgaon Citizens’ Council’ and a resident of the area, challenging notices by the Gurgaon civic agency to collect property taxes from the residents.