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NMMC chief directs officials to share property survey data

According to NMMC sources, the number of properties in the city will increase under the LiDAR survey and the civic body is likely to collect more taxes from the next fiscal.

Concerned officials engaged in the ongoing comprehensive property survey in the city have been directed by the NMMC commissioner Rajesh Narvekar to share data of properties being surveyed through the Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology with the civic property tax department.

According to NMMC sources, the number of properties in the city will increase under the LiDAR survey and the civic body is likely to collect more taxes from the next fiscal. In a review meeting, the commissioner has told the engineering and electrical department of NMMC to provide as much data on properties being surveyed through LiDAR technology to the property tax department by January 31 to ensure speedy update of the records.

Early last year NMMC had kicked off a survey of all the properties through LiDAR technology. Narvekar has been keeping a close eye on the ongoing survey. Using the LiDAR technology, an extensive survey of properties is being carried out with the 360 degree image using a mobile mapping system.

The survey is being conducted in two stages—on-site visit and from the sky by drone—under the LiDAR technology. Narvekar has told the officials to take care of the accuracy of the survey. As many as 12 locations in the NMMC area mapped for the survey.

Narvekar also asked the officials to prepare a plan and get ready for property tax collection during 2023-24 based on the LiDAR survey. As part of the survey, Ground Control Points (GCPs) have been set up at 12 locations in the NMMC area for marking the terrestrial survey using LiDAR technology. Of the 12 locations, GCP has been set up at 7 locations so far. This is being used for geo-reference to obtain images in drone surveys. It will help in getting accurate data, said an official. The properties owned by the corporation as well as water pipes, sewerage lines, street lights, and various civic amenities in the city will also be updated.

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