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New house numbers in SCB on anvil

New house numbers in SCB on anvil
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The Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) has taken up the house numbering project yet again. It was in 1956 that numbers were first allotted by the board to 13 markets. With an intention to bring all the houses and commercial establishments under the tax net and to have an exact figure of the properties, the SCB has re-embarked on the project.

After a gap of 58 years, the SCB has taken up the task of rolling out new house numbers for administrative convenience and to bring tax evaders to task. The exercise will also ensure easy preparation of voters list

Benefits of house numbering

  • Helpful during the conduct of census
  • Identification of houses and preparation of voters list becomes easy
  • All those who evaded tax come under the tax net

The Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) has taken up the house numbering project yet again. It was in 1956 that numbers were first allotted by the board to 13 markets. With an intention to bring all the houses and commercial establishments under the tax net and to have an exact figure of the properties, the SCB has re-embarked on the project. “The field work is over and soft copies of the data would be ready anytime soon. The deadline to complete the physical inspection was March 31, 2015,” said Sujatha Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, SCB.

The project has been awarded to Fast Forward Technologies. The work was completed at Rs 23.50 paise per property. A base map too has been created for the first time which would help in identifying all commercial, residential and government establishments. There are about 50,000 houses in the Cantonment. A Parashuram, coordinating officer, SCB says, “The Secunderabad Cantonment which was originally meant for lodging troops after Independence grew by leaps and the civil population too grew over the years along with commercial establishments.

Aerial view of Malkajgiri

The house numbering has multiple benefits as it would help in census, makes it easy for delivery of letters and parcels for postal department and helps in the preparation of fool proof voters list.” The area of Secunderabad Cantonment is about 40.17 sq. km. Once the house numbering booklet is out, which is expected to be completed in April, copies would be given to the MRO and sub-registrar. In the beginning, the SCB proposes to use both, old as well as new numbers for administrative convenience and later the old number would be dropped altogether.

The new numbering system would have ward, street and house number. While the present tax collection drive is going on at a feverish pitch, the house numbering project is expected to throw up a sizable number of properties that have been evading tax. A team of 12 members of SCB visited more than 200 colonies in the cantonment and met colony secretaries and residents and explained about the nitty-gritty of taxes. A senior official said that people in slums too are willing to pay taxes who welcome the revision as the value of their properties would increase and it would help them acquire bank loans. Some slum dwellers are paying just Rs 75 towards property tax to date.

10 days tax parishkaram in April

The SCB, in a bid to clarify doubts among the residents of the Cantonment with regard to property tax, is planning to conduct a 10-day tax parishkaram in April. The citizens have a lot of doubts with regard to assessment. A senior official of the cantonment said that the triennial revision of assessment for the assessment block year 2012-15 is carried out since the block year is in force. The revision is one block period and should not be treated as retrospective revision of assessment. The SCB promises to resolve issues on the spot. The dates of the tax parishkaram would be notified shortly.

By:T P Venu

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