Mayor of Kochi Municipal Corporation, M Anilkumar, said that the corporation would introduce online property tax payment this year itself. Kochi, famed as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, is a fast-growing metropolis in Kerala, the southwestern state of India.
“The implementing agency for e-governance, Information Kerala Mission (IKM), is expected to complete data entry of buildings that were built after 2013 by this month,” said Anilkumar.
“Thereafter, data entry of the buildings assessed before February 2013 will also begin. Once the entries are completed, it is expected that all building taxes can be paid online by this year,” the Mayor said.
The lack of a proper system for tax collection has affected the corporation’s revenue generation, resulting in a shortage of funds.
For the past two months, building application plans were considered and approved by the corporation online. Online payment of professional tax can also be made by this month.
“We need to go further in the field of e-governance. We intend to develop our state-of-the-art software application in collaboration with IKM to enable it. Constant reviews, inspection and follow-up will be done to make the e-governance project a success,” Mayor said.