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Petrol pumps fail to pay Rs 51-cr rent, Haryana Government serves sealing notice

Bijendra Ahlawat

Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 31

The drive to recover the pending lease rent of over Rs 51 crore from 22 CNG and petrol pumps here has again failed to reach any conclusion.

Claiming that a sealing notice has been served to defaulters, HSVP Administrator Pradeep Dahiya said the DGM of one of the oil companies had promised to deposit the dues shortly. “However, if not done within the given time period, pumps would be sealed,” he added.

The rent of the pumps located on the HSVP land is pending for the past several years. “Though several meetings have taken place between the authorities concerned and the pump owners over the pending amount of dues since January this year, the issue stands unresolved,” said a source in the HSVP office, adding: “The pandemic and the lockdown have further deferred the process, affecting the recovery.”

Of the total dues, the outstanding amount towards CNG and petrol pumps is Rs 33.02 crore and Rs 18.02 crore, respectively. A total of 22 CNG and 15 petrol pumps are functional on the land of the HSVP which need to pay an annual rent of Rs 18.02 crore.

A pump in sector 20-B has failed to pay Rs 4.30 crore, since February 1997, it is claimed. Another one is yet to pay Rs 48.96 lakh, pending since December 1997. While dues of four pumps are outstanding since 2000, the year of pendency of rest of the pumps is between 2002 and 2019.

“Majority of these have neither renewed the lease agreement nor paid the rent,” said an official on the condition of anonymity. A notice of land resumption had also been issued in January this year.

An appeal has also been filed in the HSVP office under the RTI Act to get information about the rent collected from such pumps. Varun Sheokand, a local resident, had filed an RTI plea in December last year. “The authorities are yet to reply to my application,” he said.



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