GUWAHATI: The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has arrived at an understanding with the Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) whereby the latter will assist in ascertaining the exact number of land-holders in the city. This step has come in view of the fact that the GMC is losing substantial revenue each year due to lack of updated data regarding the actual number of land-holders who are eligible to pay property tax.
It is pertinent to mention that the GMC assigns a land-holding number, which is generally a 15-digit identification number issued and assigned to a property. It is assigned based on the type of property and ownership details. The GMC collects property tax based on the identification number.
However, GMC sources said that numerous persons have built houses in Guwahati without obtaining the land-holding number. The sources said that according to APDCL data, there are around 3.15 lakh households who are its consumers in Guwahati, but the GMC has record of only around 1 lakh households with land-holding numbers.
The sources said that since it is difficult for the GMC on its own to identify households which do not have land-holding numbers, it has decided to liaise with the APDCL. The GMC has requested the APDCL not to henceforth accept electricity bill payments from households which have not provided a land-holding number.
Meanwhile, APDCL's Managing Director Rakesh Kumar has appealed to all consumers in the GMC area to update their respective GMC land-holding number/assessment ID of premises in the APDCL portal www.apdcl.org before September 30 next. Kumar also said that it is mandatory for anyone applying for new electricity connections to provide their GMC holding number/assessment ID of premises.