GIS may be used to map Gr Hyderabad properties

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With confusion over number of households in the city, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is contemplating to use geographic information system (GIS) to map all assessed properties in Greater Hyderabad.

On a pilot basis, one block will be selected for GIS mapping and later it would be extended to the entire city to bring all unassessed properties under the tax net. The corporation is also planning to utilise the services of bill collectors for physical verification and correlate the data of properties available with census figures.

GHMC officials said as per the census data there are 20 lakh households in the city whereas the assessed properties with the civic body is only 12.5 lakh. Of the total, 10.5 lakh properties are residential, while two lakh are commercial properties. There is confusion over the huge difference in the number of properties in the city. Interestingly, the GHMC tax wing staff was also involved in the enumeration process.

“As part of GIS mapping, every building will be given a code with property tax identification number (PTIN). With GIS mapping, anybody can easily identify the number of floors, type of construction and usage with just a click of a button. If there is any under assessment, it can also be detected,” a senior GHMC official told TOI.

It has also proposed to do doorto-door verification of households in blocks with the census data and the data available with the corporation. There are about 300 bill collectors who have been asked to verify the households in their respective jurisdiction.

Bringing the unassessed properties into the tax net, officials hope they could reach their target, Rs 1,300 crore property tax, for the fiscal 2011-12. In the last financial year 2010-11, the corporation had earned about Rs 525 crore.

As soon as the census exercise was completed a few months ago, the GHMC had matched the assessed properties data with the census household information in some circles. In six municipal circles, they discovered that 52,000 properties had not matched with census household details. Even 21,000 properties that matched, it was found that 15,200 commercial properties were being taxed as residential properties for the last few years.

This exercise was done for properties in Circle 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 and 11. For example in Circle 10 (Khairatabad), about 18,000 properties and 13,620 properties in Circle 4 (old city) did not match with the information available with the corporation. All properties in the Serilingampally circle matched with the census data.

When contacted, GHMC additional commissioner (Finance) K Shiva Parvathi said GIS mapping would be taken up on pilot basis and blocks would be finalised soon.

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