India: The Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) in India is planning to conduct a satellite mapping survey in order to ascertain the exact number of properties in the city and identify house tax defaulters. The decision was taken on Friday in a meeting of senior GMC officials.
Officials in charge of all five zones of the municipal corporation – Vasundhara, Mohan Nagar, Kavi Nagar, Vijaynagar and city area – were also directed to prepare a comprehensive list of all house tax defaulters within their areas of jurisdiction.
The meeting had been convened in the light of GMC’s dwindling revenues owing to non-payment of house tax.
“Estimates made at the municipal ward level reveal that there could be several lakh property owners who have never paid house tax. A satellite survey will help determine the total number of properties in the city, from which those not under the ambit of house tax can be identified. The survey will also help the municipal corporation in planning and executing infrastructure works in the city, including roads and street lighting,” Ghaziabad mayor Ashu Verma told a news daily.
According to officials, a proposal for the satellite mapping project will be placed before the GMC board for approval, following which an agency specialising in the field will be hired. A satellite survey of the city will also help identify mushrooming of unauthorised colonies, if any, on government land in the district.
Lists of property tax defaulters in each zone will be compiled at the headquarters of the municipal corporation for verification. The civic body will begin issuing notices to defaulters after Diwali. Legal recourse is expected to be taken against big defaulters if they fail to pay up within the deadline specified.