Bangalore, India: Bangalore introduced GIS in the city three years ago along with the Statistical Analysis Software (SAS), with the primary objective to bring in more number of property owners under its tax bracket. The objective has been met. Although, the number of tax paying properties have gone up. In 2009-10, 7.5 lakh property owners paid their taxes but the figure has already reached nine lakh for the year 2010-2011. There has also been an increment in the number of defaulters. In 2008, there were about 2.8 lakh defaulters, in 2009 the figure was four lakh and this year the figure has already crossed the seven lakh mark.
Revenue officials said that the increase in numbers is because of GIS which has allowed them to bring in more tax defaulters under its net. Deputy Commissioner D L Chandrashekar, said, “We are conducting a door-to-door validation of the information that we have collected under the GIS. We will bring the defaulters to book.”
Meanwhile, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is happy with the new technology as the system has so far fetched Palike about INR 780 crore for the year 2010-11 as property tax.