Patna, India: Bihar state’s urban development department (UDD) in India has decided to undertake a programme to prepare an elaborate map of the entire urban property in the urban locations concerned. As many as 26 big and medium cities have been identified and selected for their mapping through the satellite imaging system.
This initiative aims to enhance handling of the urban property assessment and the proportionate holding tax payable by the urban citizenry in the select towns and cities of the state. The decision in this regard was taken at the review meeting of the UDD that Deputy Chief Minister (CM) Sushil Kumar Modi presided. Modi directed the UDD officials present to rope in private agencies for the purpose. The meet also decided to constitute a property tax board (PTB).
The agencies, in turn, would be asked to prepare an elaborate map of the urban property (buildings, houses and apartments, etc.) in the 26 cities concerned to have a handy database that would form and constitute the department’s store of GIS map for the assessment of the actual use of the property and fixation of the holding tax.
The GIS mapping of the state’s select 26 urban centres would provide analytical database on locations in the 26 cities and towns for urban management, including fixation and collection of holding tax. Modi told the officials to identify and put all buildings and houses in such urban centres, including Patna, on the GIS map so that their nature of utility and actual use are detected and mapped.
Modi also directed the housing board officials to visit states like West Bengal and Rajasthan to study the functioning of such organisations there and prepare a detailed in-depth report for the reforms and other follow-up actions.