BENGALURU: The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to take a private agency’s help in conducting surveys and assessing properties, and a pilot project will be taken up in Mahadevapura zone, Chief Minister Siddaramiah said.
Speaking to reporters after conducting a review meeting with BBMP officials on Monday, Siddaramaiah said he had conducted a similar review meeting and increased the property tax collection target from Rs 2,500 crore to Rs 2,900 crore some months ago.
The officials were only able to collect Rs 1,575 crore in 2014-15 as against Rs 1,323 crore in 2013-14. The BBMP officials have now identified 16.36 lakh properties and has the potential to collect Rs 4,000 crore from them, he said.
The Chief Minister said he has directed the BBMP Commissioner to take up a pilot project on property assessment in Mahadevapura zone as the officials could not get the actual details of property assessment.
Flexes to be Banned Soon
Soon, there could be no flexes, banners or buntings in the city, and later across the state.
Siddaramaiah, speaking to reporters after conducting a review meeting with BBMP officials on Monday, said illegal flexes, banners and other boards were a menace. “The High Court as well as Lokayukta had objected to the same. Even B.PAC has done so recently. We have decided to completely ban these boards. Only advertisement hoardings which have sought permission from the BBMP can be used,” he said. A notification in this regard will be issued soon, he said.
The CM said he has directed BBMP to take action not just against those who put up such hoardings, but against those who print them as well.
“No one should use my photograph too,” he said.