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BBMP to re-survey malls, tech parks from next week

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The Times of India          20.05.2017  

BBMP to re-survey malls, tech parks from next week

| Updated: May 20, 2017, 04.45 PM IST
Bengaluru: To rectify incorrect land measurement records in the property tax system, the BBMP will re-survey approximately 51 malls, 77 technology parks and thousands of major industrial units and apartment complexes. The exercise will begin from next week.

Palike officials will visit pre-identified properties to conduct the total station survey (TSS) against the measurements provided by property owners themselves under the Self-Assessment Scheme (SAS).

MK Gunashekar, chairman of the standing committee on taxation and finance, had earlier said the panel is empowered under Section 110 of the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act 1976 to re-measure properties. As Till now, BBMP had identified 10 buildings whose owners paid lesser property tax and declared less than the actual built-up area, and recovered Rs 232 crore from them.

"Work orders have been issued and we will re-audit the establishments from next week. We have already identified certain malls, tech parks and other large properties and our officials will visit various spots to conduct the exercise. We had announced in this year's budget that tax defaulters will be brought to book and dues will be recovered," he said.

According to taxation and finance officials, the first phase will cover only malls and tech parks; identification and re-measuring of industries and apartment complexes will be done in subsequent phases. Considering that most industries don't have multiple floors, BBMP has decided to undertake their re-measurement on its own manually, said Lakshmegowda, special officer to the taxation and finance chairman.

"We hope to start with approximately 15 of the largest properties in the city. Based on survey results, we will add more properties to the list over the next three months," he said, adding they are hoping to rack up Rs 300-500 crore in the form of tax. "The figure will become clearer once we start the work," he said.

Properties to be re-audited

-Hewlett Packard India software, Mahadevapura

-Xylem Building, Mahadevapura

-Divijaya Inks Pvt ltd, Mahadevapura

-Brigade Millenium Rose Wood Club, Puttenahalli

-Kalyani Tech Park, Doresanipalyam

-Kalyani Vesta, Doresanipalyam

(Source: Tax and finance committee, BBMP)

Pay tax at stalls in 9 locations

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To ease the process of property tax payment, BBMP has collaborated with Canara Bank to set up stalls at nine assistant revenue offices (AROs) which will accept property tax payments in cash up to Rs 25,000. This is being done mainly for the benefit of senior citizens and those from low-income households to avoid the hassle of standing in lines to get khata.

"Now, people can pay at these counters and immediately get a receipt. They can identify the centre closest to their house and avail the service," said MK Gunashekar. The service is available from May 19 at AROs in Jayanagar, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Dasarahalli, Mayo Hall, CV Raman Nagar, Bommanahalli, Hoodi, Marathahalli/Whitefield and Galianjaneyaswamy Temple.

PMC to carry out safety audit of Nagar Road BRTS route

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The Indian Express             28.11.2013 

PMC to carry out safety audit of Nagar Road BRTS route

Increasing accidents on BRTS routes has forced the Pune Municipal Corporation to go for a safety audit of the 16-km route on Nagar Road where the service would be launched soon. "The accidents on existing BRTS route from Katraj to Hadapsar via Swargate have led to increase in opposition to its BRTS implementation on other roads. This time the civic body does not want to face any criticism for poor implementation of BRTS," said Vishal Tambe, chairman of the standing committee.

He said an expert from IIT Powai would be appointed for the safety audit. "All safety concerns on the BRTS route would be studied by the expert to ensure there are no accidents on the route. The civic administration have completed most of the infrastructure development work on the route but will undertake additional work as per the suggestion of expert for safety purpose," Tambe said.

The safety audit is likely to be ready in a month and administration would carry out the neccessary changes in some days, he said adding that the BRTS would be operational only after all the work is complete.

The PMC standing committee on Wednesday approved the installation of automatic doors at the state-of-the-art 22 bus stops on the BRTS route. "The automatic doors at the bus stop would ensure that commuters will get into vehicle only after the bus halts at stops," he said. After recent accidental deaths due to bikers entering into BRTS route, Mayor Chanchala Kodre had visited BRTS route and criticised the civic administration for the poor implementation of BRTS.


Water audit soon to weed out illegal connections

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The Times of India          09.11.2013

Water audit soon to weed out illegal connections

HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) will implement a pilot project, beginning with the S R Nagar Division-VI, to audit water which goes unaccounted for.

The authorities claim that though 340 million gallons of water per day (MGD) is supplied to 7.80 lakh customers in the city, they are able to account for only 170 MGD.

To know accurate quantity of water up to section and docket level, the HMWS&SB has chosen S R Nagar Division-VI areas like Somajiguda, Punjagutta, MS Maktha, BS Maktha, Yellareddyguda,

BK Guda, Ameerpet, Balkampet, Chintal Basthi, Vengal Rao Nagar, Guttala Begumpet, Fathenagar, Venkatagiri and Yousufguda among others to carry out audit.

"The SR Nagar division has 78,000 connections (as per CANs, consumer account numbers), both domestic and commercial. Of them, the Water Board issues bills to 43,000 CANs only. The Water Board is supplying 35 million gallons of water per day (original allocation is 41 MGD) once in three days/alternative days, but it is not able to account for around 20 mgd," HMWS&SB general manager D Ramchandra Reddy told TOI.

The process of auditing would start from slum areas in the division. According to records, 54 notified slums are in the Division-VI. Also, of 78,000 water connections/CANs, 29,000 are in the slums. The Water Board supplies on an average between 15 KL and 25 KL. "As per our findings, most of the properties in slum areas are three-storied buildings where hostels are being operated. The Water Board collects has been issuing water bills to slum areas at the rate of Rs 7 per KL (0-15 KL) and Rs 10 (16-30KL) under domestic category from slum residents. As a result, the Water Board is losing revenue," he said.

"As part of the water audit, we will fix mobile water meters at source and find out the exact supplies to M S Maktha (a slum) in the division. We will then tally it with the registered CANs. In case, the quantity does not tally, then we will take up a survey to weed out illegal connections. The process will start in a day or two and would be completed in 45 days in the entire division," the official added.

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