North Corpn launches UPIC after 2 yrs delay

The North Corporation on Wednesday inaugurated the much-delayed Unique Property Identification Code scheme to bring more properties under the tax net.

The scheme was first proposed by the unified MCD in 2010.

North Delhi Mayor Yogender Chandolia launched the Unique Property Identification Code (UPIC) project that aims to streamline database of properties under the jurisdiction of North Corporation and bring them online.

The mayor said the project UPIC was conceived in 2011 and is taking shape after all aspects of the scheme have been discussed thoroughly.

Maintain quality

“During the survey of properties, quality would have to be maintained. The results of the survey would start showing in three months,” Mayor Yogender Chandolia said.
Once the properties are registered on the server, they will also become part of North Delhi Municipal Corporation’s record, he added.

“Also unauthorised colonies on being regularised would also get benefit of this scheme,” Chandolia said.

Chairman of the Standing Committee Mohan Bhardwaj said Rs 26.5 crore has been allocated for the project and it has been taken up with a private company.
“The entire project is likely to be completed within 18 months,” he said.

Bhardwaj added that at present around 35 per cent property owners of North Delhi pay property tax and with the UPIC system more number of properties will fall under the ambit of property tax.

Under the project, a unique number will be allotted to each property and the details of the property will get registered online with the North Corporation.

Each property will also be issued an UPIC card containing details about the property. In all future transactions UPIC number will be required.

Increase revenue

Leader of House Mira Agarwal said this scheme will make tax collection easier for both the tax payers as well as north civic agency.

“It will help to increase the revenue of the corporation,” she added.

Commissioner Praveen Gupta said broad features of UPIC project include real-time collection of data in GPS-enabled tablets; assigning of UPICs to each unit and issuing of UPIC Cards, determination of the annual values of properties and assigning of premises number.

Also, properties will be photographed from outside in such a way that they are identifiable with UPIC or premises numbers.

Joint Assessor and Collector Hemant Kumar said all information under the UPIC will be available on MCD’s website.

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