The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to go door to door to digitise property documents in the city limits. A message received by several residents of the city asked them to be prepared for the survey with necessary documents.
“BBMP is creating digital property record for which BBMP staff will visit you in few days. Please keep copy of your property tax receipt and Bescom bill ready to hand over to them. This is very necessary to correctly digitize your property,” the message read.
The move is part of the initiative by the civic body to identify properties outside the tax net, identify and regularise building violations and to reduce forgery of property documents, according to BBMP sources.
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The digitisation programme is part of the Nanna Swatthu programme, a modified version of the ‘e-Aasthi’ platform of BBMP. The Nanna Swatthu initiative was announced a month ago by Deputy Chief Minister and Bengaluru Development Minister D K Shivakumar during the ‘Brand Bengaluru’ conclave.
Revenue and tax inspectors of BBMP are expected to visit households in C V Raman Nagar, Horamavu, Arakere and Kodigenahalli over the next few weeks and compile all information about properties. “With this, we will be able to identify all properties in the city limits and thereby increase property tax revenue,” sources said, adding that around 25-30 per cent of properties in the city were not under the tax net.
The scheme will be essential to curb leakage of taxes and also foolproof all property documents in the city, sources added.