After the civic body approached Delhi government to incorporate UPIC among the documents required for registration to bring all property details online, an order was issued by the government to implement the proposal on a pilot basis.
“All sub-registrars in areas under EDMC jurisdiction are hereby directed to use UPIC during the registration of properties on a pilot basis till further orders,” mentioned the Delhi government order signed by Akriti Sagar, deputy commissioner-II (headquarters), Delhi government, which was accessed by TOI.
EDMC commissioner Vikas Anand said they would be the first in the city to implement the project. “Besides registration of property, the UPIC number will be required for mutation, obtaining licences (health, general trade, factory, veterinary trade, etc) as well as rent agreement made through the revenue department. People who are not liable to submit property tax or are not doing it intentionally will get covered from now,” he added.
In the long run, the initiative would bring more people under the tax net and incorporate the details of properties, their status, etc online. Earlier, EDMC had requested the chief secretary to implement the project. The other two civic bodies had made a similar appeal.
“The portal has been designed by National Informatics Centre. There is a provision for capturing the UPIC number in the software and no technical issues will arise in incorporating this detail,” said an EDMC official. Delhi government did not comment on this development.
The official added, “Section 21 of the registration act provides that non-testamentary documents relating to immovable property shall not be accepted unless it contains a description of such properties and the UPIC number will facilitate this identification.”
Earlier this year, EDMC had made online payment of property tax mandatory. “For paying property tax, people will need to obtain a UPIC number first. We are dispatching the UPIC number to 4.5 lakh properties,” said Anand. So far, a survey of 5.5 lakh properties has been completed.