Hyderabad: Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD) department of Telangana State has won two SKOCH awards for bringing major reforms and using latest technologies for accurate assessment of properties and related taxes.
The State government has collaborated with National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) for using Indian satellite Bhuvan for geo-tagging about 12 lakh buildings in 72 urban areas in the State, which was later linked to property tax account. The initiative helped the government to demarcate the building area and assess exact property tax for payment. Property owners also have been enabled to access information pertaining to their building or open plot. The same was linked to the Stamps and Registrations department to obtain complete details pertaining to the property including property transactions, encumbrance certficates and others details.
“We have achieved transparency through implementation of the new system which is first of its kind in the country and would help us achieve better ranking in Ease of Doing Business (EoDB). We will be able to identify unauthorised constructions and building violations, besides taking action against them,” said TK Sridevi, director of MA&UD department. She said around 20,000 properties without property tax number were identified and brought under tax next which resulted in increasing property tax revenue without increasing taxes.
Another SKOCH award was received for introducing GIS based survey of property taxes in Nalgonda town which witnessed cent per cent growth in property tax collections without increasing taxes. They have also identified tap connections which were earlier not under tax net. Officials are now planning to conduct the survey across the State.