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by System Administrator - Tuesday, 13 December 2016, 6:17 PM

By : M.S.Yatnatti Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru :Reportedly Starting December 14, BBMP is giving a one-time opportunity to tax payers to declare right assessments online. You have a chance to rectify the errors till January 13. The move follows several cases of taxpayers not declaring actual dimensions of their property.In a public circular, BBMP commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said wrong declaration or undervaluation of property is a violation under Section 108A of Karnataka Municipal Corporations (KMC) Act, 1976 and wrongdoers will have to face hefty penalties and other punishments. The rule applies to all types of property tax declarations, including that of building dimension, zonal classification and usage of property. "If there are any changes in these factors and if the same is not declared under SAS, property owners should come forward and declare it now," stated the circular.The BBMP has said that revised declarations can be made online by generating a chalan on the website, Once the chalan is generated, payments can also be made offline through select banks, details of which are available on the BBMP website and in ward offices. Those unable to generate chalans online can visit BBMP ward offices and offices of Assistant Revenue Officer (ARO) for assistance. For further queries, people can contact the BBMP control room at 080-22660000.

Move to mop up BBMP revenue : According to reports a senior Palike official said the move is aimed at mopping up revenue to fill the Palike's cash-strapped coffers. The BBMP hopes to get crores of rupees through this exercise as a large chunk of declarations under SAS is believed to be undervalued."Once the January 13 deadline is over, zonal-level officials will crosscheck the declared data under SAS and conduct surveys to verify the same.Those making wrong declarations or not bothering to do the revision will have to cough up heave fines," said a source in the agency.Recently, the Palike decided to remeasure all high-value properties in the city, including 74 tech parks, 51malls, 4,835 industries and 4,406 apartment complexes. Rs

100 CR COLLECTED IN A MONTH : Reportedly chairman of the standing commit tee on taxation and finance, said the civic body was able to collect Rs 100 crore in November, thanks to demonetization. "This month's collection has been more. It's evident that taxpayers wanted to get rid of banned notes," he added. Officials from BBMP's revenue wing said mapping of properties in the city is on in full swing and that compared to last year, over 2 lakh more properties have been brought under the tax ambit."Last year, we had a list of only 16 lakh properties. The number has gone up to 18.70 lakh now," said an official. The BBMP one-time opportunity for correction in declaration has come at the right time for both who erred in property declarations as well as those who intentionally undervalued them under the self assessment scheme as the case may be . Declaring the right assessment online will definitely save property owners from paying stiff fines and punishment. The move is expected to shore up the sagging finances of the corporation that recently decided to re-measure the city's high-value properties, including tech parks, malls, industrial units and apartment complexes.

Bangalore is draped over the Deccan Plateau at an altitude of 949 meters (3113 ft.) above sea level, which gives it possibly the best climate among all the cities in India. Legend has it that Bangalore got its name from the words "BendhaKaaLu" (which means boiled beans in the local language Kannada). King VeeraBallala of the Vijayanagara kingdom was once lost in a forest and happened to stumble upon a lonely cottage. An old woman that lived there could offer the starving king only boiled beans "BendhakaaLu" and the place came to be known as "BendhakaaLuooru" (ooru in Kannada means a city). BendhakaaLooru later came to be known as BengaLooru in Kannada and Bangalore in English. However, historical evidence shows that "BengaLooru" was recorded much before King Ballala's time in a 9th century temple inscription in the village of Begur. Even today "BengaLooru" exists within the city limits in Kodigehalli area and is called as "HalebengaLooru" or "Old Bangalore..The present day city was designed by Kempegowda in the year 1537. During one of his hunting bouts, which was his favorite past time, Kempegowda was surprised to see a hare chase his dog and thus named the place as "gandubhoomi" (heroic place). Kempegowda I, who was in charge of Yelahanka, built a mud fort in 1537 and with the help of King Achutaraya, built the little towns of Balepet, Cottonpet and Chickpet, all inside the fort. Today, these little areas serve as the major wholesale and commercial market places in the city. Kempegowda's son erected the four watch towers to mark the boundaries of Bangalore which are traceable even today and they stand almost in the heart of the present city.

In the year 1638, ShahajiraoBhonsle, father of Shivaji, captured the city. In 1687, Aurangzeb's army captured Bangalore and sold it to the Wodeyars for a paltry sum of Rs.300,000. The Wodeyars then built the famous LalBagh in 1759, one of Bangalore's most beautifully laid out gardens. In the same year, Hyder Ali received Bangalore as a jagir from KrishnarajaWodeyar II. He fortified the southern fort and made Bangalore an army town.When Tipu Sultan died in the 4th Mysore war in 1799, the British gave the kingdom, including Bangalore, to KrishnarajaWodeyar III but the British resident stayed in Bangalore..In the beginning of the 19th century, the General Post Office was opened and the Cantonment was established nine years later in 1809. In 1831, alleging misrule by KrishnarajaWodeyar III, the British took over the administration of the Mysore Kingdom.Under the British influence, Bangalore bloomed with modern facilities like the railways, telegraph, postal and police departments. The first train was flagged out of the city in 1859 and five years later in 1864, the lovely Cubbon Park was built by Sankey. The end of the century saw the building of AttaraKacheri and the Bangalore Palace. The 20th century saw the arrival of the first motorcar in the city..In 1881, the British returned the city to the Wodeyars. Dewans like Sir Mirza Ismail and Sir M Visveswaraya were the pioneers to help Bangalore attain its modern outlook.From then on, the city has grown in magnitudes, emerging into what you see and know of today. Bangalore is India's fifth largest and the fastest growing city in Asia.The history of municipal governance of Bangalore dates back to March 27, 1862, when nine leading citizens of the city formed a Municipal Board under the Improvement of Towns Act of 1850. Later, a similar Municipal Board was also formed in the Cantonment area of the city. The two boards were legalized in 1881, and functioned as two independent bodies called the Bangalore City Municipality and the Bangalore Civil and Military Station Municipality. The following year, the concept of elected representatives come into being and also saw the introduction of property tax.After Indian independence, the two Municipal Boards were merged to form the Corporation of the City of Bangalore in 1949, under the Bangalore City Corporation Act. The corporation then consisted of 70 elected representatives and 50 electoral divisions. The name of the council then changed -- first to Bangalore City Corporation (BCC) and then to Bangalore MahanagaraPalike (BMP).

In January 2007, the Karnataka Government issued a notification to merge the areas under existing Bangalore MahanagaraPalike with seven City municipal council (CMC)'s, one Town municipal council (TMC) and 111 villages around the city to form a single administrative body, Bruhat Bangalore MahanagaraPalike. The process was completed by April 2007 and the body was renamed 'Bruhat Bengaluru MahanagaraPalike'..