Starting from the ward of mayor Bakshi Ram Arora, which is said to have many illegal buildings, the local municipal corporation has gone about mapping its entire property.
The geographical index (GI) survey began on Tuesday. The cash-strapped MC is in a desperate search for revenue sources, which this e-governance project will help it identify. Map My India and National Remote Sensing Centre, Hyderabad, are on job with the help of Google Maps technology.
The project aims at preventing tax evasion by collecting information on property, water supply and building plan. The executing company will charge the MC `90 each for surveying more than 3-lakh buildings.
"Under Section 108 of the Punjab Municipal Corporation (PMC) Act, it is compulsory for all property owners to submit information about these assets," said Municipal Commissioner DPS Kharbanda, adding: "The punishment for not complying includes fine and imprisonment."
"The details being collected will include the front and back elevations, number of floors, registered owner, plot dimensions, and whether or not the building plan is approved," said Kharbanda. As tax evasion was now almost the norm, it would help the MC to know who all had raised illegal structures and not paid water-supply dues, he added.