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Soon, KMC to introduce online mutation for house owners

Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will soon introduce online mutation to save house owners from any sort of hassle. Come August 1, the civic body is opening a separate counter at its office on S N Banerjee Road so that the house owners can submit their taxes directly without any trouble.

"Our IT department is developing software for the online mutation process. If a house owner furnishes all relevant documents along with his application for mutation and our officials are satisfied, we will be issuing the certificate online. The person can download it easily. This will prevent him/her from the hassle to come up to the civic body for collecting the certificate," Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh who also holds the charge of Assessment Collection department of the KMC said. If there is a problem with the documents, then the owner will be notified through an SMS or a phone call so that he can do the needful.

According to Ghosh, the dedicated owner's counter will enable the latter to directly pay their taxes and he/she will not have to wait amidst the crowd of brokers or representatives of house owners who turn up there for the purpose of paying taxes.

There will be a separate counter for the brokers or any other person who will come to the KMC on behalf of the house owner for the payment of assessment fees. "We will be issuing tokens to them and the number will be displayed on a board. They will come according to the token number and submit necessary documents or fees similar to the pattern followed in banks," a senior KMC official said.

The Assessment department has already prepared a list of unassessed buildings in the city. "We will also bring these buildings under the ambit of taxes. Notices will be served making the person concerned liable," Ghosh said.

The KMC is also holding camps at places wherever required to mop up the pending applications of mutation. A total of 59 such applications are pending for the past two years due to various reasons that include legal matters, environment or heritage issues, thika clearance etc.

There are some housing complexes in the city where a bulk mutation is pending. "The housing associations have been asked to bring such matter to our notice so that we can hold camps there for sorting out the problem. One such camp is being held at a housing complex near a private hospital at Panchasayer on August 3," the official added.

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