How Geospatial techniques helped in Tax collection in Panaji city

The Panaji municipal corporation asses the unit area of any property to calculate the property taxes. And the tax is payable on the built-up area of the property. When the Urban Local Bodies started finding it difficult to evaluate the properties for taxes, they switched to a GIS-based system. 

How Geospatial techniques helped in Tax collection in Panaji city
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How Geospatial techniques helped in Tax collection in Panaji city

Revenue collection is crucial to maintain the infrastructure and meet the budgetary demands. An efficient system counts the taxable properties and collects taxes to improve city infrastructure. In countries like India, the assessment of properties and tax collection are not easy. Also, the rural population migrates very often in search of a job. These changing geographies make it difficult for municipalities to calculate accurate revenue. 

Transverse, a technology firm of Panaji, has prepared a map platform that will help visualize analytics using geospatial information. They are providing smart city solutions to improve the current urban setup. From land records to revenue enhancement, Transverse uses geospatial data to strengthen urban local bodies. 

A successful example of Panaji

In Panaji, three types of revenues are being collected, depending on the property. The municipal cooperation demands house taxes for residential buildings. The commercial ones have to pay trade license fees, and signage taxes are there for signboards.

The Panaji municipal corporation asses the unit area of any property to calculate the property taxes. And the tax is payable on the built-up area of the property. When the Urban Local Bodies started finding it difficult to evaluate the properties for taxes, they switched to a GIS-based system. 

Geographic Information System provides a dataset for tax collection and builds transparency. This smart solution provides user-friendly software that doesn’t require detailed professional training. 

SmartMu is a cloud-based software solution from Transverse that integrates diverse data of the city using Geospatial techniques. Using sensor integration, it runs analytics to generate real-time information. The accurate information is stored on the cloud, and authorities can assess it on a single dashboard.

The process was started by digitizing the complete tax collection procedure. After linking the latest baseline maps with the property tax data, they also added information like ownership, usage type, taxation details, and geotagged images. 

This transparent and information loaded platform was very useful for municipal corporations for tax collections. A web-based property tax management system by Transverse is also there that ensures a seamless workflow.

How Geospatial technology provides a robust platform 

Geospatial data is a source to help the local bodies in maintaining and retrieving property data as well as the geographical coordinates in the form of latitude and longitude. GPS enabled surveys to help in identifying gaps and raise awareness of self-declaration practices by commercial establishments. Once the revenue leakage is identified, the government can increase tax collection and prevent inappropriate revenues. 

Transverse is also implementing CityOS, a platform to solve common urban issues like water, sanitation, waste management, and tax in Aligarh, Bareilly, Moradabad, and Saharanpur. 

The solutions offered by Transverse are specially customized for India. Its founders, Amarsh Chaturvedi and Ashwani Rawat, are focused on setting up Municipal GIS and integrate it with e-governance modules. The integration of machine learning in spatial technology helps in revenue enhancement, utility maintenance, integration with command & control centers, asset inventory, and more. 

Various departments can integrate this platform to strengthen the infrastructure and involve technology in their traditional work patterns. 

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