Pune to get GIS by Nov’16, to increase property tax revenue

From ET Realty

PUNE: The property tax department plans to use the geographical information system (GIS) to register properties in the city. The system is expected to be functional by November, said a statement issued by deputy mayor Ulhas Bagul.

As per PMC officials, the system will help the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) bring unregistered buildings under the tax ambit, which will increase property tax revenue. The PMC has already tabled a proposal to use GIS to track illegal constructions in the city and got approval from the standing committee. Now the tenders for bidders have been issued.

“Over 3 lakh properties will come in the tax net with the help of this system. It will boost the revenue of the civic body by Rs 800 crore. The budget provision of Rs 20 crore to carry out this project has been made in the civic budget,” the statement said.

Civic officials say that illegal constructions not only create a threat to security, they also put pressure on the civic infrastructure. Besides, the corporation hardly earns any revenue from these buildings. The administration carries out manual checks of such buildings, but because of the lack of manpower, it is hard to curb the mushrooming of such constructions. GIS will be helpful in such a scenario.

According to the proposal, GIS mapping will point out illegal constructions, encroachments on open public, government or private land. The administration can also keep track of the status of amenity spaces.

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