BENGALURU: Want to know how much property tax you have paid over the years or the amount you still owe BBMP? Curious whether your neighbours are following tax norms? All you need to do is to log on to the BBMP website and click on the Geospatial Enabled Property Tax Information System (GEPTIS) link under the citizen services tab.
The online platform has been set up by the Palike in association with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and was inaugurated by chief minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday. GEPTIS, which will be opened to the public soon, will enable BBMP to track property tax collection across the city.
This will be possible through the Bhuvan Karnataka platform, created by the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad, a wing of ISRO. “It will give BBMP access to a three-dimensional map of each property and allow officials to key in details like the PID number,” said AS Kiran Kumar, chairman, ISRO. NRSC and BBMP have signed an MoU to share the geospatial images and the Bhuvan platform.
BBMP has a record of 18.9 lakh properties in Bengaluru and estimates the number is much more. The dashboard of the GEPTIS portal displays this year’s total tax amount — Rs 3,151.23 crore — which includes a collection of Rs 1,952 crore and Rs 1,199 crore as arrears.
One can register with GEPTIS and find his/her property by entering the owner’s name, address and PID number. The property will be displayed on a map containing minute geographical details. If the property is marked green, it means the owner has paid tax every year since 2009-10. If one has defaulted even for a year, the block is light pink in colour. It is deep pink if the person is a long-time defaulter. However, the agency has ensured no names are revealed on the portal, BBMP commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said.
Siddaramaiah said, “Digitization is important but BBMP must get people’s feedback too. It must find out whether people are able to use these services and if they have changed their opinion about governance. Otherwise, these technological innovations are of no use.”
Credits ET Realty