GIS mapping of properties by PMC fails to boost revenue

Siddharth Gadkari
Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Vivek Velankar, civic activist said, “Corporation wasted money on GIS mapping. It set a target of Rs 1,500 crore for the year 2018-19, but the amount it has got is just 10 per cent of the set target.”

Pune: With the purpose of finding new properties to increase its revenue, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) had introduced GIS mapping (Geographic Information System mapping). 

However, the civic body’s initiative has completely failed since no substantial addition of revenue is visible in property tax so far. 

Former municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar had introduced GIS mapping in 2016 to identify un-assessed properties.
 
In 2017, the State came up with the concept of marks-based Key Result Areas (KRAs) for all municipal commissioners in the State in order to make them more efficient. 

KRAs include collection of revenues (20 per cent), initiatives to increase the revenue of the corporations (20 per cent), implementation of infrastructure projects within stipulated deadlines (10 per cent) and effective execution of Right to Services to Citizens and time-bound action on CAG, PAC, court cases and Lokayukta reports (10 per cent). Property tax is one of the major sources of income in PMC. However, despite spending around Rs 4 crore on the GIS agencies, PMC failed to earn anything substantial. The civic body has given the contract to two agencies, paying them Rs 330 per property for GIS  mapping.  Vilas Kanade, Head of Property Tax Department said, “PMC gave a target of 8.64 lakh properties for mapping. Both agencies are claiming that they have completed mapping of set target.

However, they have not furnished all the information to us.”

He added, “They have identified only 40,000 properties from which corporation revenue has increased and the amount is around Rs 40 crore. But, these properties are not new ones. These all are coming in the category of ‘change of use’ (people using residential properties for commercial purpose and owner is paying residential property tax).”

Vivek Velankar, civic activist said, “Corporation wasted money on GIS mapping. It set a target of Rs 1,500 crore for the year 2018-19, but the amount it has got is just 10 per cent of the set target.”

What is GIS mapping?
A geographic information system or geographical information system (GIS) is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyse, manage and present all types of spatial or geographical data. GIS is a broad term that can refer to a number of different technologies, processes and methods. GIS is capable of relating unrelated information by using location as the key index variable. Locations or extents in the Earth space-time may be recorded as dates/times of occurrence, and x, y, and z coordinates representing, longitude, latitude, and elevation, respectively. (Source: pmc.gov.in) 

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