N Corpn to widen tax net, give unique ID to properties

In a bid to bring all properties under the tax net including unauthorised colonies, the north civic agency has decided to give them the much awaited Unique Property Identification Code at their doorsteps.

Coming June, almost every building under the jurisdiction of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation will have its own UPIC popularly known as unique property number, consisting of colony code and a running serial number.

“The UPIC will help in streamlining tax collection. At present we get tax from around three lakh properties of the total 10 lakh properties under the limits of north civic agency,” said M S A Khan, Additional Commissioner (Finance), North Corporation.

“This unique property code will be like the Permanent Account Number (PAN). The UPIC will be required for all the correspondence with the corporation, be it trade licence, conversion charges or health licence,” Khan told Deccan Herald.

It will help digitise the whole process of tax collection. “Any person can check online whether he has paid tax or about his dues. Also, the system will help corporation to keep tabs on tax evaders,” he added.

There is also be a provision of online grievance cell where property owners can put their complaints, Khan said.

The official added that the tendering process is over and they have shortlisted the lowest bidder. “All the formalities are complete. We are just waiting for the House meeting of North Corporation. The agreement can only be signed after House gives its approval,” he said.

The north civic agency spokesperson said that the House can convene anytime after the election results come out on May 16.

According to the process, a private company will go to each property with a tablet and take pictures of the building and collect all the data like the FAR (floor area ratio). “The property owner will be given the unique identity code on the spot,” said the senior official. Also, every building will be connected to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), he added.

The UPIC will add to the revenue of the corporation. The corporation is getting property tax from about four lakh people, which will go up to 10 to 12 lakh, added the official. “The revenue will be increased by Rs 60 to 70 crore per annum,” Khan said.

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