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Another hurdle hits BMC’s new property tax plan

mumbai Updated: Nov 12, 2010 02:51 IST
Bhavika Jain
Bhavika Jain
Hindustan Times

The municipal corporation is likely to miss its December deadline to raise new property tax bills on the capital value system because the process of mapping properties in the city has not yet started.

And even if the process begins soon, the corporation will first have get clearance from the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) has proposed a switch in the property tax system from rateable value to capital value.

The BMC is in the process of preparing a Geographical Information System (GIS)-based map of the city, which will include measuring the areas of properties that will help the BMC get data to compute to the value of the tax.

According to the civic estimates, there are around 3.5 lakh properties across the city and its suburbs. But the BMC does not have any records for more than one lakh properties.

GIS is a map-based information system in which satellite maps issued by the Survey of India are used by civic bodies to paste layers of information like diagram of water supply lines, drainage, epidemic hot spots, and accident-prone areas.

But to do this, the civic body, under the current laws, has to approach the defence ministry for marking any utility or even entering data in the map.

“The base maps given to us by the Survey of India and the National Informatics Centre are of high resolution and hence, very clear. There can be a security threat if misused so the clearance from the MoD is essential,” said a senior civic official on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to talk to the media.

He added that until the data of the properties are not collected, bills cannot be generated in the new format and the department will miss their December deadline.

“The Survey of India has started a similar project in five other cities and so will be pursuing the MoD sanctions for the GIS-mapping,” said SS Shinde, joint municipal commissioner.

But the project is yet to receive a sanction from the civic standing committee.