Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has managed to register Rs 186 crore additional revenue since its property tax department started the Geographic Information System (GIS) for carrying out the survey of properties for applying property tax.
With the help of this new system, the PMC has managed to identify new properties and additional construction of the existing properties, which have not yet been assessed by the property tax department and also the change of use of properties.
The GIS mapping survey was introduced last year and, so far, total 2.78 lakh properties out of 8.34 properties have been surveyed. The GIS mapping resulted in identifying the non-assessed properties having an annual rateable value of Rs 186 crore.
According to the property tax department, as of now, the PMC actually registered a growth of Rs 44.80 crore in its revenue for financial year 2017-18 so far and it managed to recover Rs 18.63 crore from the newly assessed properties.
The PMC has appointed a private agency to carry out the GIS mapping survey of the properties and during the survey, the private agencies have to record the longitude and latitude of the surveyed properties and their photographs.
Also, the GIS mapping survey is helping in tracking illegal constructions across the city.
Since the revenue sources of the PMC have been dwindling for last few years and especially the building permission department failed to achieve the set revenue target, all eyes are now on the property tax department as each and every property owner has to pay the property tax to the PMC whether it is a legal property or illegal one.