By G Saravanan
Published in The New Indian Express, Chennai on Feb 8, 2012:
CHENNAI: With a view to streamline its property tax assessment and collection system, the Chennai Corporation will soon launch a comprehensive field survey of properties in the Adyar Zone using GIS-based property tax information system.According to sources, the civic body will soon call for tenders to conduct the comprehensive field survey of properties in the Adyar Zone, comprising 13 wards (from 170 to 182) to implement the technology-enabled system.The work covering about one lakh property tax assessees in the zone would be completed in three months, sources said. Adyar Zone has been identified for the pilot project as it has the largest number of property tax assessees among the civic body’s 15 zones. After completion of the survey work in this residential zone, the civic body will implement the system in all 15 zones, in a phased manner.As part of the project, officials of the civic body studied similar GIS-based systems adopted in 15 different corporations in the country to identify the different types of technical problems faced by such civic bodies during implementation.The data collected by digital mapping from the National Remote Sensing Centre, an important segment of ISRO, would be used for the implementation of the system. Data pertaining to property tax number, patta, power and water supply about the assesse would also be included in the system.Once the system is implemented in the entire Corporation limits, all new applications seeking building approvals would be registered with the system and cases under assessment of property would be detected easily, sources said.