AFTER BANK and income tax accounts it may now be the turn of properties to be tagged with a unique numerical identification code.
Bidders for the IMC e-governance contract on Wednesday suggested assigning a property index number (PIN) to the roughly 3.5-lakh tax-paying structures to facilitate updating of records and maximising revenue.
As per the proposal, each residential or commercial building would be assigned a PIN consisting of, say, zone and ward numbers with the last two digits signifying the number of built-up units. For instance, a 24-flat apartment in ward 7, zone 5 would be numbered 5724.
The number would remain unchanged even if ownership changed hands, as long as the structure was not modified. Revenue department officers would simply have to punch in the PIN and the system would throw up the building’s property tax history as well as all allied records including water tax, licence fees dues and other outstanding payments.
The system, boasting access-level security, would also enable building owners to submit property tax self-assessment forms online. The PIN proposal was among several innovative ideas submitted by the four bidders - M/s Elbiz Pvt Ltd, Ahmedabad-based M/s Virmati Software and Telecommunications Ltd, M/s AGL from Delhi and M/s Zoom - at a marathon six-hour presentation to Mayor Uma Shashi Sharma and a team of technical experts at Shrimaya Celebrity Hotel on Wednesday.
The proceedings began at 11 am and were carried out in alphabetical order with M/s AGL being the first off the block followed by M/s Elbiz. The firm, which is carrying out e-governance projects in eight districts of the State and has bagged the Union Information and Technology Ministry award for Municipal Corporation Resource Planning, submitted a list of municipal governance modules like financial accounting, town planning (including online building permission), maintaining population records and redress of civic grievances.
Ahmedabad-based M/s Virmati Ltd offered a municipal governance software with 11 modules including property and water tax, with automatic late fee and penalty interest calculations, pilferage elimination and automated dues collection as well as on-line applications for new water connections. It also unveiled a population record module with a caste-wise male/female ratio.
Software for business registration, other tax collections like vehicle tax, advertisement and billboard fees as well as lease and estate rent collections were also submitted during the presentation.
M/s Zoom called for using a web-enabled platform akin to intranet instead of the present standalone format. This, stressed the firm, would allow instantaneous transfer of data in real time unlike now “when data logged at zone offices is only forwarded to the IMC headquarters in the evening”.
A team of technical experts including National Informatics Centre Officer Sunita Jain, Professor Dharmendra Mehta of SGSITS College, Manish Dubey and Bhupesh Gupta as well as Mayor-in-Council members Lalit Porwal, Anil Bindal, Shanta Jhanwar and Sapna Chauhan were among those present at the meeting.