GIS map to assist in tackling tax evasion in Bihar

GIS map to assist in tackling tax evasion in Bihar

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Patna, India: GIS maps would spot each house in every urban local body (ULB) in Bihar, India. It would be used as a tool for assessment of the number of households, city planning and to explore growth possibilities of different cities. Bids for selecting the agency that would be assigned the mapping work have been invited.

The process is likely to be completed in a month, according to Girish Shanker, principal secretary, urban development department, Bihar. Shanker said that apart from cities, GIS maps of all the nine divisions of the state would be prepared. These maps would help assess the real number of households in municipal areas, which would help enhance the holding tax collection. Moreover, the high-resolution GIS maps would also help in identifying areas that lack civic amenities and those could be used for future growth of the cities.

The funds for this work would come from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID)-funded Support Programme for Urban Development (SPUR). The DFID would provide GBP 60 million over a period of six years, starting from 2010, for 28 urban local bodies, including those of Patna, Muzaffarpur, Gaya, Darbhanga and Motihari.

While one-sixths of the fund would be in the form of technical assistance, the remaining part would be in the form of financial assistance.

The urban development department principal secretary said SPUR, after implementation, would bring a sea change in the functioning of ULBs because its main goal is to equip these bodies with necessary skills to formulate and execute city development plans and also to raise funds from different sources as well as their effective utilisation.

SPUR also has a component for improving conditions of urban poor under slum area development programme.

Source: The Telegraph