The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) is all set to carry out a survey of properties in satellite city. This will be the first survey to be carried out by the civic body after its formation since 1992. The survey will also help boost property tax collection of the civic body, which is one of the most important sources of revenue for the civic body.
“The survey will be carried out using GIS technology. Since the formation of NMMC no survey was undertaken all these years as a result many properties are still out of the tax net. Municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe is concentrating on plugging the leakages in different taxes so as to augment revenues of the civic body,” said a civic official requesting anonymity.
He added, “At several places in Koparkhairane, Ghansoli, Airoli, Turbhe, Nerul residents have constructed four or five storeyed structures in place of a row house and at several places residential property is being used for commercial purpose as a result there is a need to change the existing tax structure.”
A lot of confusion prevails in the property tax department over number of assessed properties in the city. According to the figures available with NMMC there are around 3.10 properties in city of which property tax bills are being sent to 2.92 lakh properties.
Several residents too have pointed out commercial use of properties in residential premises. “In our complex coaching classes, hospitals are operating. Most of them are paying taxes at residential rate instead of commercial rate. I hope NMMC will factor in these things as well,” said Amit Patil, a Vashi resident.
NMMC had recently released figures of the revenues earned by the property tax department from April 1 to June 16, 2016, which showed a quantum jump of 157% as compared to last year. Several properties in gaothan and city areas are still being charged as per old plan where as the owner has made changes in the property and constructed multi-floor structures.