Sushil Modi for GIS mapping in Patna
Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi (SuMo) has favoured GIS (geographic information system)-mapping of all the properties located under the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) area for taxation purposes.
Speaking after the launch of the PMC’s door-to-door property tax collection mechanism at a city hotel on Thursday, SuMo said all the commercial and residential properties should also be given an identification number.
The deputy CM became the first taxpayer to pay property tax through the new mechanism. A website — www.patnamunicipal.net — was also launched. City residents can get details of their property tax on this website.
Around 2.18 lakh properties are registered with the PMC. However, the deputy CM said the actual number of properties on which tax should be paid to the PMC could be around five lakh.
“The PMC should use the GIS to identify all the properties and up its revenue,” SuMo said and added the state government was also contemplating offering rebate to the taxpayers paying taxes online.
Talking about the Bihar Municipal Act, the deputy CM said the PMC had the power to seize bank accounts of tax evaders. It can also such properties, he said and added electricity connection to new buildings should not be given unless the applicants showed the property tax receipts of the buildings.
The PMC in 2016-17 collected Rs 44 crore. It targets to collect at least Rs 75 crore during the ongoing fiscal 2017-18 and Rs 196 crore in the next financial year.
State road construction department (RCD) minister Nand Kishore Yadav, who was also present, announced that the roads with width of six metres and above in the PMC area would now be constructed by the RCD.