The Ludhiana civic body is now planning to install smart UID (unique identity) plates outside the city properties. The last project had proved a failure as the company could not cover all the properties.
The smart UID plate will have a QR code for all information about the property. The new project is being taken up under the smart city mission and is in the tendering process.
The municipal corporation officials said after scanning the QR code from plates outside the properties, employees would be able to check property tax, water and sewerage dues and get information about the unit owner(s). They claimed that the last project remained unsuccessful because people were asked to pay Rs 110 for the plate, but this time expenses will be borne by the smart city mission.
The civic body has made UID numbers compulsory for all blocks of the city. Earlier when plates could not be installed outside all properties, the MC employees wrote the UID numbers manually.
According to a geographic information system (GIS) survey conducted by the MC officials with the help of Punjab Remote Sensing Centre (PRSC), there are more than four lakh properties in 37 blocks.
The installation of UID number plates was proposed in 2014, but could kick off from block 26 in Model Town on June 23, 2017, and remained at low pace with only 25,000 houses covered by the private firm so far. The areas like Model Town, Model Gram, Shastri Nagar, Pakhowal Road, Ghumar Mandi, Gurdev Nagar, Rishi Nagar, Kitchlu Nagar, Maya Nagar, Maharaj Nagar, Sarabha Nagar and BRS Nagar have been covered.
Requesting anonymity, an official said the slow pace of the project made them end the contract with that firm.