Property tax info made public by BBMP to shame defaulters

Do you want to know whether your neighbour has paid his property tax or not? If yes, then login to www.bbmp.gov.in and check the details. The information of all taxpayers in Bengaluru has been made available on the public domain but the BBMP is shortly going to update the names of individual taxpayers on its website.

“The intention to put the details on to the public domain is to insult the taxpayer as their property will be listed under the defaulter category. Out of 18 lakh properties in Bengaluru city, only 13.5 lakh are assessed while others are evaders,” a revenue officer told media.

A user has to follow a few steps before he comes to know of the tax paid details of his neighbours or any other property situated in the city. After accessing the BBMP website, opt for “citizen services” and then select “GIS enabled property tax information system (GEPTIS).” After this, the user has to provide his mobile number, email id and register himself. Later, he can get the details of his own property and any other property.

Speaking to BM, N Manjunatha Prasad, BBMP commissioner, said: “We have already introduced this method and revenue officials have been given ‘palmtops’ with which not a single person will be able to hide his/her property by not paying property tax. A palmtop is a hand-held computer which will make available information of every house which has not paid tax. The revenue officers will have all the details of the house owners while individual owners won’t be able to see everybody’s name. The BBMP has registered data of all 18 lakh properties under its geographic information system.”

The commissioner explained, “Officials during their field visits can enter the name of the property owner. Two colours will be used to display the system by which anybody can easily identify defaulters. Those who have paid their taxes will be coloured green while defaulters will be be coloured pink.”

T Sheshadri, IT advisor to BBMP, said, “We decided to publish every owner’s name in the public domain and it is still under consideration. We have sought a legal opinion as well. Once clearance is given from our legal department, we will publicise all names,” he added.

The commissioner said the revenue inspectors and other staff with the help of remote sensing high resolution maps can easily get exact longitude and latitude of the given property. The property can also easily identify whether it is used for commercial or residential purpose, he added. Those who are not paying property taxes are liable to pay 2 per cent interest every month.

HOW WILL IT WORK?

* After accessing the BBMP website, opt for “citizen services” and then select “GIS enabled property tax information system (GEPTIS).”

* After this, the user has to provide his mobile number, email id and register himself.

* Later, he can get the details of his own property and any other property.

* Two colours will be used to display the system by which anybody can easily identify defaulters. Those who have paid their taxes will be marked in green colour while defaulters will be marked in pink

Credits Bangalore Mirror

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