Indian city completes GIS-based property tax survey

Indian city completes GIS-based property tax survey

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Andhra Pradesh, India: The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) has completed the survey for levying property tax on the basis of GIS. GVMC is now planning to issue special notices.

Migration to GIS is one of the reforms under the Jawaharlal National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) on property tax. The corporation’s plans to shift to GIS and issue demand notices on its basis for the first half of the current year have, however, been delayed.

Though the GIS survey has been completed, following some discrepancies at ground level, random verification has been ordered. It has been delayed owing to transfer of tax collectors, according to sources. Though the transfers were announced in June, the orders were given in July.

In Zone II and III, however, an intensive survey had been taken up, said sources. Though the survey was to be completed earlier, paving way for collection in the first half of the year, it got delayed. Permission had been obtained from the then Municipal Commissioner to issue the special notices based on GIS survey later.

According to highly placed sources, the on-field verification has been completed and details have been sent to the zone commissioners. There is reportedly an increase of INR 17 crore for the year from property tax. GVMC plans to issue special notices in a month.

Source: The Hindu