Plans are in progress in BBMP to use unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, to map urban properties and property taxes. This drone mapping will be done with the help of Indian Space Research Organization. This might help the corporation to improve its poor tax collection.
The BBMP has included this proposal in the smart city planning report of Bengaluru to be submitted to the centre. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is planning to install drones in order to conduct survey, 3-D map buildings and verify property owner’s claims during the payment of property tax.
Property tax is the only major source of revenue for the BBMP. The BBMP has been having its own problems in property tax collections. The civic body’s record in tax collection, however, has not been up to the mark.
Drones have been used locally by government agencies in Bengaluru. Last year, they were used for a mapping study at the Bannerghatta National Park to monitor encroachment, entry of animals into human settlements and inspection of forest boundaries.
Clear images taken by drones will help check violations that the owners of the property may resort to. Drones can also get images of congested areas which are difficult during manual survey. The clear images will help theBBMP in checking violations that property owners may resort to. This survey helps in tracing the property tax defaulters. The initiative which includes mapping, is expected to upgrade the entire system of property tax collection. A unique digital identification numbers will be given to respective properties.
A task group under National Institute of Advanced Studies director Baldev Raj is working to bring out a comprehensive report on UAS technology, its applications and how Karnataka can take the lead on this front.