India: The property department of NMMC (Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation), has decided that in the new financial year, the department will use satellite mapping to increase the tax recovery. Faced with the task of recovering Rs 590 crore tax, officials are on the lookout for newer ways to collect the dues.
"Technology will come handy in maximizing the recovery process. Currently, officials are required to make door-to- door visits to survey and verify the properties in the city. GIS will simplify the process and it should be implemented in six months' time," said the assessor and collector, property department P B Kulkarni.
The decision is based on the recent findings of large-scale alterations being done to the department. The department had formed a team to identify properties which had made such alterations to meet the 2015-16 target of Rs 516 crore.
"The survey threw up around 40,000-odd properties paying taxes that were not consistent to the areas occupied. The special drive enabled us to recover dues upto Rs 30 crore. More such properties can be located through GIS and enable us to recover more," said an official from the property department.
The department will implement GIS used to map properties by Vijayawada Municipal Corporation of Andhra Pradesh. "A team will be sent to the corporation to study the system and implement it in the city," added Kulkarni.
For the financial year 2015-16, the department has achieved the targeted Rs 516 crore. The department recovered over Rs 130 crore in mid-February to complete the target. "There was no amnesty given to the defaulters. Numerous notices and special drives helped us to achieve the target," said Kulkarni.