Civic body likely to map prop­er­ties for tax col­lec­tion

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra.sen­gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: The prop­erty tax de­part­ment of the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) is mulling to im­ple­ment the Geo­graph­i­cal In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (GIS) to map prop­er­ties to ease the prop­erty tax col­lec­tion process from the fis­cal year 2016-17.

Last year, the prop­erty tax de­part­ment which was given a tar­get of Rs516 crore achieved it by the end of the fi­nan­cial year. For the cur­rent year, the de­part­ment has been given a tar­get of Rs596 crore.

Of­fi­cials from the prop­erty tax de­part­ment said they are mulling dif­fer­ent ways to re­cover the max­i­mum tar­get pos­si­ble.

“We are dis­cussing the idea to im­ple­ment the GIS map­ping sys­tem which will make the re­cov­ery process much handy,” said Prakash Kulka­rni, in-charge of prop­erty tax de­part­ment of Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC).

“As of now, we have formed 2-3 teams of our of­fi­cials who have to go to all the nodes to sur­vey all the prop­er­ties and ini­ti­ate the tax col­lec­tion process. There are sev­eral prop­er­ties which make al­ter­ations to their prop­er­ties with­out in­form­ing us and we find out dur­ing the sur­vey,” Kulka­rni added.

Last year, around Rs32 crore was re­cov­ered over and above the tar­get through the sur­vey which brought to the front prop­er­ties which had made al­ter­na­tions to the area for which they have been pay­ing the prop­erty tax. This led to higher tax amount dues.

Of­fi­cials said that through the tech­nol­ogy, all the prop­er­ties un­der the NMMC ju­ris­dic­tion will be linked un­der one roof.

This will help them to get no­ti­fied when­ever there are any changes or al­ter­ations made to any of the prop­er­ties.

A com­pre­hen­sive ten­der will soon be floated to ap­point the agency for the GIS sur­vey which will have to com­plete the work within six months.

Once, the sys­tem is on, ci­ti­zen aware­ness pro­grammes will also be held in all the wards.

“It would lead to more trans­parency be­sides help­ing us in earn­ing our tar­geted rev­enue,” said the of­fi­cial.

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