The Agra Municipal Corporation (AMC) will employ the use of the Geographical Information System (GIS) to manage, analyse and present spatial or geographical data about 100 wards in the city with just a few clicks on a computer screen. The system will help improve the collection of property tax. In accordance with the new plan, commercial and residential properties in Agra will be mapped in terms of their spatial configuration in the GIS.
Officials have shared that the GIS mapping system will allow the authority to collect more revenue as the tax details about the wards will be collected more accurately under the new system. The State urban development department has recently conducted a discussion about the new plan with senior officials of various municipal corporations.
The GIS survey, conducted last year, has found that the city has around three lakh properties, of which 1.8 lakh are registered with the AMC. On the other hand, property owners of 1.05 lakh properties have not paid taxes as of now. Of the tax defaulters, about 30,400 properties are located in the Lohamandi zone, 21,511 in the Chatta area, 15,466 in the Talganj zone, and 38,408 in the Hariparwat zone. Defaulting property owners from these zones will receive notices before they are mapped by the GIS.
According to Arun Prakash, Municipal Commissioner, AMC, the GIS mapping will make the tax collection process more straightforward. Tax details about all the properties in the area will be available to the AMC online.
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