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Mumbai misses deadline for property mapping

Mumbai, India: The municipal corporation is likely to miss its December deadline to raise new property tax bills on the capital value system because the process of mapping properties in the city has not yet started. And even if the process begins soon, the corporation will first have get clearance from the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) has proposed a switch in the property tax system from rateable value to capital value. The BMC is in the process of preparing a GIS-based map of the city, which will include measuring the areas of properties that will help the BMC get data to compute to the value of the tax.

According to the civic estimates, there are around 3.5 lakh properties across the city and its suburbs. But the BMC does not have any record for more than one lakh properties.

 “The base maps given to us by the Survey of India and the National Informatics Centre are of high resolution and hence, very clear. There can be a security threat if misused so the clearance from the MoD is essential,” said a senior civic official on condition of anonymity.

He added that until the data of the properties are not collected, bills cannot be generated in the new format and the department will miss their December deadline.

Meanwhile, the project is yet to receive a sanction from the civic standing committee.

Source: Hindustan Times