Patiala mapping work allotted to Mumbai-based company

  • Vivek Gupta, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Apr 26, 2016 14:13 IST
A bird’s eye view of Patiala city (HT Photo)

Days after giving its nod for carrying out an IT-enabled city mapping survey to bring about several key reforms concerning revenue collection and public delivery system at the finance and contract committee meeting, the municipal corporation (MC) has allotted the work to Mumbai-based Cyber Tech Systems and Software Limited, which will begin it in 15 days.

The major component will be to carry out a geo-enabled property survey and implement the property tax management system to find out the un-assessed properties and change in use of properties across the city.

According to the data available with the PMC, at present the city has nearly 1 lakh residential as well as commercial units. However, in 2015-16, only 24,000 units paid property tax while the rest were out of the ambit of the tax regime. The survey, that will issue a unique ID to each household and commercial unit, will ensure tax compliance.

Apart from creating A property tax system, the company will provide pan-city data about the number of towers and their sharing by telecom companies, the number of rehris on local streets, the overall road length and present condition of roads, number of streetlights and future requirement and several other services. MC commissioner PS Gill said that as many as 22 services are covered for which a complete pan-city data bank will be created which will boost revenue generation besides plugging loopholes in the overall public delivery mechanism. For instance, the survey will tell the civic body about overall house tax liability per household and commercial unit and, accordingly, the MC can improve tax collection. The company will also introduce the facility of e-payment of property tax that allows residents to pay their due liability online.

He said that the MC has been losing crores because it has no information on how many mobile towers in the city are being used on the sharing basis. “The firm will provide us details of each and every tower within the municipal limits with exact information of sharing with other telecom companies,” he addedn Gill also added that the MC currently was struggling to implement the street vendors Act since it did not have exact data about the number of street vendors which this survey will inform us in detail.

Mayor Amarinder Singh Bajaj told HT that it was a big-ticket civic reform pending for long. “Earlier, the survey was aimed at property tax assessment only but, following negotiations with the company, a number of other important services have been included,” he added.

“The overall cost of the survey will be to the tune of Rs 3 crore, but payment to the company will be made in a phased manner. Out of a total budget, Rs 45 lakh will be spent on hardware, Rs 89 lakh on property tax survey and `1 crore on securing licence for satellite rights that will be used to secure the city’s geographic information through satellite technology,” added mayor.

According to him, the survey will be completed in the next 6-7 months. “Once the system is operational, we can easily see through on thc click of a mouse as how much property tax is pending against which household or unit,” he said.

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