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Web-based GIS survey to improve GMC collections

P. Samuel Jonathan

It will be benchmark for future plans, says Commissioner

GUNTUR: The cash strapped Guntur Municipal Corporation (GMC) is logging on to web-based Geographical Information System (GIS) to conduct a fresh survey of all properties and aims at shoring up its property tax collections by 2012.

The GMC has been plagued by lack of authentic database of the property tax assessees for some years, even as many residential properties have turned into commercial hubs due to rapid urbanisation.

The GMC is aiming at boosting its tax collection from the existing Rs.26.90 crore to Rs.37.27 crore by the end of this financial year.

The budgetary estimates for property tax have been pegged at Rs.16.67 crore from the existing revised estimates for 2010-2011 at Rs.8.95 crore.

The GMC is only the second urban local body in the State, after Rajahmundry, to use web-based GIS survey to tap a comprehensive database of structures, which has wide applications in identifying tax assessments, building violations, zoning of the city and traffic management etc.

“The GIS-based survey is authentic, cannot be tampered with and can be updated from time to time. The North-South Agencies, the executing agency, has promised a clear resolution of 1:50 for all images,” Municipal Commissioner M.M. Naik told The Hindu.

Classification

The authentic database on all structures, vacant sites and community lands within the administrative control of the GMC would become a benchmark for future urban development plans, Mr. Naik said.

The survey would identify existing house number, new premises number, name of the owner, number of floors, classification of the property (RCC /Posh RCC /Tiled /A.C. sheets / Kuchha etc.), floor-wise usage of the property and usage of plot etc. Every vacant land would be assigned a unique number and every property would be captured on digital photo.

The survey would help in preparation of locality plans, besides helping in planned growth of the city by dividing it into residential and commercial zones.

The survey inputs would be further digitised by using Autocad into plot boundaries, identification of main roads, internal lanes with distinguished colour coding and fixing of specific land marks for identification of important locations.

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