Pimpri-Chinchwad, November 1, 2020: The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has hired a private company to conduct a survey of properties in the city. At present, there are over 5.5 lakh properties registered with the civic body, but it is expected that the survey will add at least 25,000 to 30,000 new properties to the list. This will eventually generate Rs 40 -50 crores, giving a boost to PCMC’s revenue.
PCMC’s authority has also stated that in case anyone provides false information regarding their property during the survey — the civic administration will charge six year’s property tax on the person.
PCMC’s majority of the revenue is generated through tax collection. The buildings and lands in the city are taxed through 16 divisional offices of the municipality. Over the years, the civic administration has consistently focused on finding new property lands in the Pimpri-Chinchwad city. This has resulted in increased registration of properties in the city. In addition, PCMC is also anticipating the use of several properties may have changed as well. Therefore, in order to discover new properties or hidden properties and register them, the PCMC has hired Aurionpro Pvt. Ltd. to conduct a 90-day survey starting from October 30.
This company has developed an app for revenue. It will collect information on property owners, income information, measurements, photographs etc. Citizens must provide accurate information. After filling in the information, a digital signature will be taken from the concerned person. PCMC commissioner Shravan Hardikar has clarified that if the information submitted is found to be incomplete and incorrect or if the documents are not submitted, the tax will be levied for the last six years.
The PCMC is expecting tax collection of Rs 577 crore in the current financial year. While, in the last two years, the revenue department has crossed only Rs 450 crore in tax collection. Hence, if new properties are discovered and added in the list after this survey, it is expected that the income of the civic body will increase significantly.