BJP forcing PMC to pay Rs 10 cr to firms: Congress

Friday, 10 May 2019

The two companies were engaged in GIS mapping of properties in the city

PUNE: Congress party leaders have alleged  that State Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar is pressurising the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) officials to release payment to two companies engaged in GIS mapping of properties.

To increase the revenue base, the PMC allotted the work to the two companies to carry out GIS mapping to bring unassessed properties under the purview of the Property Tax Department. 

Arvind Shinde, Congress party leader in the PMC said, “It is unfortunate that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader and Minister Mungantiwar is putting pressure on PMC officials to pay Rs 10 crore to companies that have not completed GIS mapping work. The PMC gave a target of 8.64 lakh properties for mapping. Both agencies are claiming they have completed mapping of the set target. However, they have not furnished all information to the corporation.”

Congress party leaders are demanding that the payment be not released if the work is incomplete. Shinde said it is public money and should not be wasted. He warned of an agitation if payment is made.

According to the PMC Property Tax Department official, “The corporation has given a contract to two contractors, Saar IT and Cybertech to carry out GIS mapping in 2016. The total project cost was Rs 32 crore. Both companies claimed they have completed work of GIS mapping of all properties and identified unassessed properties. The concerned officials said they will submit detailed reports in parts to the property tax department and we are paying the amount on that basis. Till date, the department has paid Rs 10 crore.”

The companies have submitted the report and the department has tabled a file to pay remaining Rs 10 crore to companies. PMC had set an amount of Rs 330 per property to carry out GIS mapping.

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