Four pumps sealed for not paying rent, one owned by BJP leader

Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) sealed four petrol pumps in Gurgaon on Thursday, following non-payment of rent dues by their owners.

One of the petrol pumps is owned by the BJP's national secretary and former Gurgaon MP Sudha Yadav.

Around 5 am, a team of officers comprising Sub-Divisional Engineer Ratan Singh Siwach and three others, along with police officers, sealed the petrol pumps.

HUDA Administrator Praveen Kumar said, "The CAG report had recently indicted HUDA for not being able to recover rents from petrol pumps still operating without paying their dues. We had to take action against the defaulters. They had been seeking a fresh lease for their petrol pumps and when they didn't get it, they became unreasonable."

According to Ratan Singh Siwach, the four petrol pumps ó SS Filling Station in Sector 12A (Hindustan Petroleum Corporation), Vans Filling Station in Sector 9A (Indian Oil Corporation), City Auto Petrol Pump in Sector 37-II (IOC) and Sector 18 Petrol Pump (IOC) ó collectively defaulted on nearly Rs 7 crore in rent.

"These petrol pumps had not paid their rent dues despite several notices to HPCL and IOC," Siwach said.

According to the lease deed, the company is expected to pay per filling point weight for both diesel and petrol. After every three years, the rent is increased by 25 per cent. If a company increases the number of filling points, then they have to pay an addition 12.5 per cent rent per filling point.

"We found that these petrol pumps had installed more filling points without informing us," Singh said.

According to a HUDA official, a lease cancellation order was issued to all defaulters on April 8. "They had been served showcause notices in November and December last year. Their replies were unsatisfactory. Hence, action was taken under the HUDA Act of 1977," the official said.

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