Tribune press service

Panchkula, April 20

City residents are very harassed due to glaring discrepancies in the property tax notices served on them by the local Municipal Corporation (MC). Errors such as incorrect name, area and floor information forced residents to wait in long lines at the Sector 12-A MC center to be rectified.

RP Malhotra, President of the Federation of Residents Associations (FORA), said that it came to their knowledge that a large number of residents in the city had received erroneous property tax notices for which they had informed senior civic agency officials for immediate rectification.

Citing a personal example, he said the notice served on him mentioned two different names. “In one column he identifies me as Ram Pal Malhotra, my real name, and another as Sudarshan Kumar Malhotra,” he said, adding that residents had to bear the brunt of the MC’s mistakes by making long queues during the scorching summer to have errors in reviews corrected.

Several residents’ welfare bodies have questioned the effectiveness of a private agency, Yashi Consultancy Private Ltd of Jaipur, over irregularities in property tax investigation. “Every time they play with the data and leave the residents in the lurch. Authorities are urged to make the website functional so that accurate feedback can be received from citizens,” they said.

Congress leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan also criticized the MC for large-scale anomalies in property tax notices.

MC Commissioner Dharamvir Singh could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.