The Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad (MCH) will go for spot electronic-based property tax collection from the first week of April, in place of the existing physical collection of taxes.
Apart from the e-Based property tax collection, the corporation is taking steps to issue and collect trade licence fee through the e-Based system. All these e-Transactions will be done through 'Intelligent Hand Held Computers or Terminals.' It has features like built-in printer with bar code printing option and optional features like built-in modems and smart card reader. It is successfully used in various cross-functional applications for mobile, remote communications and automation and ahead of integrating sophisticated technologies. Each hand held terminal has a capacity to store about 4,000 to 5,000 Property Tax Index Numbers (PTINs). Storing of six lakh PTINs in the twin cities in the computers has been completed. Soon, all the MCH bill collectors will be given training in handling the equipment and generating bills. What is more important to note is that the terminal is linked with the central server situated in the MCH head office, Tank Bund. For example, a bill collector goes to a house for collection of property. Once he collects the property tax, the bill generated by the hand held terminal will automatically get downloaded in the central server and the data gets updated. Even if the terminal gets damaged or lost, all the data that was generated earlier in it will get stored in the central server. Besides this, some bill collectors who are notorious for extracting more money would spare the taxpayer of alleged harassment. Apart from the property tax, the corporation is also making efforts to collect trade licence fee. Trade Index Numbers (TINs) are also being uploaded into the terminal.