Unique identification codes for properties are something new to India. The New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has started distributing Unique Property Identification Codes (UPICs) to its residents, which will streamline house tax collection, as most of the properties are on the corporation’s online database. Importantly, each property will be assigned a UPIC card, and it will be mandatory to quote UPIC details while conducting any property-related transaction.
Out of the 40 lakh properties in North Delhi, only 10 lakh properties have been assessed for property tax in the absence of proper data with the relevant municipal agencies. With UPIC, the revenue numbers are expected to witness an increase.
Upon receiving the UPIC, owners will be issued a passbook that will have details of all their transactions. At present, the corporation does not keep a record of most of the properties’ previous payments. Through the passbook, the owners as well as the corporation will be able to keep a tab on property tax transactions so that the owners are not prosecuted for non-payment of taxes.
As a part of the project, NDMC has already gathered information via GPS-enabled tablets through a third party vendor, which involved determination of annual values of the properties. The properties have been assigned with a premises number, and the municipality has started fixing metallic plates on the premises so that the address is displayed clearly. The data collectors will also take photographs of properties and link them to the UPIC and premises numbers.
Similarly, Council’s lead partner, Responcity, is helping municipal corporations in Gujarat on various fronts that include waste management, complaint management, tax collection system, citizen connect, hawker management, disaster management and smart addresses. Its Digital House Identification is a digital infrastructure created by integration of hardware and software to enable a city become efficient, transparent and accountable.