Asansol Durgapur Development Authority to launch app to pay off dues
Kolkata: Asansol Durgapur Development Authority (ADDA) is all set to introduce an app to facilitate payment of dues by the residents, right through their android or iOS mobile phone. ADDA will soon be integrating all the offices and shops located on land under it for systematic mopping up of the rent dues.
It may be mentioned that a new payment gateway service namely "ADDA online" was launched in July last year, so that residents could pay all sort of taxes online right from their home. In the second phase, ADDA will integrate shops and both government and private offices that are entitled to pay rent to it for being situated on its land. "Most of these businessmen would visit our office once in three months, collect details of payments and then clear the dues. Delayed payments have become a cause of worry. Hence, we have decided to launch an app ensuring on-time payments. They will receive the details of their payment dues by 5th of every month and have to clear off the dues by the end of the month. They will have deposit the amount in an account of a private bank with which we have tied up for this purpose," Arun Prasad, CEO of ADDA said adding that they are in talks with a couple of nationalised banks too in this regard. Since its inception, ADDA, through its online payment gateway, has earned revenue of Rs 11 crore with more than 3,000 customers being registered. The payment gateway was devised for collection of various fees like development charges, water charges, mortgage fees, transfer fees, ground rent among others. Presently, payment for as many as nineteen fees can be done through this portal. With the integration of shops and offices, ADDA will be earning at least Rs 3 crore more.
"The manual system to pay fees took a lot of time in processing and reflecting in our system. However, through this app-based online mode of payment, it will get processed immediately. Most importantly, residents do not have to take any hassle of traveling all the way to our office for payments," chairman of ADDA Tapas Banerjee said. The app-based service will be launched in July when ADDA will observe the first anniversary of its online payment system. ADDA covers an extensive area of 1603 square km comprising two municipal corporations and eight development blocks.