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Indian city to use GIS to net property tax

Amravati, India: Property tax defaulters in the Indian city of Amravati will now be unable to escape easily. The Amravati Municipal Corporation (AMC) is planning to use Geographic Information System (GIS) to map the city. The mapping will help the AMC get easy access to every property and thus charge tax amount from defaulters.
The AMC is going through a serious financial crisis and one of the major reasons for the same is property tax evasion by the residents. A majority of tax defaulters do not show their property on record. GIS mapping of the city will help the corporation get access to every property.
Commissioner N. Nawin Sona told TOI that under the District Planning and Development Committee (DPDC) it has allocated 1.5 crore for the scheme in view to improve the income of the AMC. With the help of GIS, mapping of street lights, corporation land, and gardens will become easy, he said.
Dipak Khedekar, engineer, AMC said that the corporation has bought satellite image software from Hyderabad. The system will also help survey of slums for Rajiv Gandhi Awas Yojana. The corporation hopes that the GIS system will start functioning after two months.
Source: Times of India