UID project shelved by PMC

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 26 August 2018

Survey needs to be done under the project, which is not feasible, say officials

Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) project to provide a unique identity (UID) number to each property within its limits has been shelved. Earlier, civic officials had suggested to the tax department to seek help from IT companies for the project under their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. 

Some civic officials had suggested that the civic body gives concession in Floor Space Index (FSI) to IT firms. Hence, the PMC could seek their help in return.

However, the department officials are of the view that a survey of all properties needs to be done under the project, which does not appear to be feasible. IT companies will not do the survey work as it is not their domain. At the most, they can help the civic body in software development. 

On August 21, Additional Municipal Commissioner Sheetal Teli-Ugale had suggested to the Property Tax Department to provide the UID to each property, for which it could seek help from IT companies for free as part of their CSR activities. 

When contacted, Property Tax Department officials, on the condition of anonymity, told Sakal Times, “It will not be a feasible option. We are already conducting a survey to tag unassessed and unauthorised properties and change-of-use properties across the city, along with the GIS mapping. If we have to give a UID number to each property, we will have to conduct another survey, which was mentioned in the tender of the UID number plan. However, the Additional Municipal Commissioner had cancelled the tender and asked us to take help from IT companies as we provide them with a concession in Floor Space Index (FSI).”

Pointing out the difficulty, the official said, “IT companies can help us in preparing a software for the project. However, they will not be able to conduct a physical survey, which is the main part of the project. Therefore, the project will not take off for now.” 

In November 2016, the PMC had awarded the work of tagging unassessed and unauthorised properties and change-of-use properties across the city, along with the GIS mapping, to a private company. The contract includes verifying the existing size of the properties, mentioning details of property owners (name, mobile, email address), clicking photographs of properties and their documents, mentioning their longitude and latitude, their building permissions, among other things.

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