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GIS to increase property tax revenue in Indian city

Vishakhapatnam, India: The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation conducted GIS-based survey of over 3.56 lakh properties across the Indian city of Vishakhapatnam. The corporation is likely to issue its notices for property tax, incorporating results of the survey.

“The GIS survey part is over and now integrating details like photographs with the other data on the systems is going on,” Additional Commissioner (Projects) K. Ramesh told The Hindu.

The survey indicated around 32 per cent increase in the revenue collection from property tax. Higher tax is expected from about 50,000 assessments from which use of the premises (commercial/residential) and wrong plinth area measurements were detected using GIS data.

Officials estimated that about INR 19 crore more from property tax can be realised per year using the data from the GIS. It has also indicated revenue of INR 12 crore from VLT.

On the other hand, the survey also showed some decrease in the tax for about 5,000 to 6,000 assessments. Ramesh attributed this mostly to wrong data entry of plinth area or use.

The tax increase using GIS data will reflect in the demand notices that will be issued for the first half year of 2012-13.

Improving property tax collection using GIS data is one of the reforms that the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation committed itself for utilising funds under the centrally-sponsored Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

Source: The Hindu