The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has become tech-savvy these days. The corporation will soon send property tax bills through e-mails, doing away with the conventional method of sending the hard copy for the same.
It will also send SMS alerts for the payment of property tax dues.
For the purpose of e-billing, the property tax department of the AMC has begun the task of preparing a database by collecting relevant information from the residents like their e-mail IDs and mobile numbers, for future correspondence with them.
In this regard, the civic body had distributed a form having a unique code alongwith the property tax bills to the residents, asking them to get their e-mail IDs and mobile numbers registered on AMC’s website.
Expressing satisfaction over the interest shown by people in this regard, an official of the property tax department said: “We’ve received a good response from the residents. The forms were distributed three months back. Till now, at least 12,500 residents have got the details registered,” he said.
After completing this exercise, the civic body will be able to send property tax bills to lakhs of residents at a single mouse click thus doing away with the tedious task of sending bills to every household through the employees of department.
Referring to the advantages of online billing, an official of the department said: “The new system, e-billing of property tax, will save time, money and human resources. The earlier process was time consuming and cumbersome.”
Meanwhile, the data furnished by the residents will be used by the department in many ways.
Besides sending property bills, the department will also have direct communication with the residents.
“Direct communication, like informing about some new schemes in property tax payment or contacting a selective audience like reminding them to pay the property tax dues can be done through the contact details,” the official said adding that earlier, for these purposes, the civic body used to display notices or advertise in newspapers.
AMC creates a database of residents with e-mail IDs and mobile numbers