Pune civic body to initiate GIS for tagging properties

Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to initiate geographical information system (GIS) for tagging properties under its jurisdiction after more than a year. Beginning on Monday, it will take almost nine months to put the system in place with the aid of around 2000 men.

The civic body also claimed that the project will generate revenue of over Rs 200 crore. Suhas Mapari, head of PMC’s property tax department said, “GIS tagging will help in identifying unassessed properties, change in usage of properties (residential into commercial) and take note of new properties. We are hoping that there will be an additional revenue of Rs 200 crore in our coffers after the initiative.”

At present, there are more than 8 lakh properties from which PMC collects tax. It includes around 1 lakh commercial plots and around 7 lakh are residential buildings. There are 29,299 open plots and the remaining are 14,829, which are a mix of commercial, residential and open properties.

The standing committee has approved Rs 22.90 crore for the entire project therefore private players have been roped in for installing the facility and the price per property has been quoted at Rs 300. The GIS tagging includes verifying the existing size of the properties, contain information about the owners such as, the names, contact numbers, email IDs, pictures of the land along with the necessary documents.

The annual rateable value (ARV) of any land or building assessable through property tax is the annual rent at which the property might reasonably be expected to be let-out each year. While computing the ARV, the basic determinant is the annual rent which the owner may expect to get if the premises were rented. ARV may depend on the property‘s size, location, condition of the premises and amenities provided.

PMC charges more in taxes from commercial properties than from residential ones. In the city, owners are known to use residential properties for commercial purposes in a bit to avoid paying more. In 2005, when the administration had launched a similar geo-tagging initiative, it was not successful. PMC had spent more than Rs 1crore to tag properties, however, the project was incomplete till 2009.

Finally, the property tax department pulled the plug on the initiative and took the contract from Weikfield Nimonics Infonet Works Private Limited.

Credits Pune Mirror

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