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BMC, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is now planning to use the 360-degree Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology to map illegal construction across the city. The adoption of this technology is aimed to detect the unplanned development that is being carried out across Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra.

According to the survey carried out under this technology more than 33,000 property alterations were detected across the city and the buildings constructed way different from the original layout plan and the use of additional space is also viable under the same.

The announcement of the LiDAR project was made in 2017 and Rs.12 crores cost was also estimated to track any changes being made to the buildings. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation [BMC] also collected data by using multiple methods, assuming length, breadth and height of the properties and the roads on which they are located under this technology.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation used this technology to survey more than 2.61 lakh properties of the 3.39 lakh buildings covered under the assessment and collection department. The civic body will scan the collected data to ascertain if the changes made are according to the rules and regulation or not. The authority issued a 15-digit number to each building that will be used to check the legality of these changes.

The civic body will again carry out a survey in a second phase under the LiDAR technology and the BMC will also send notices to property owners along with imposing an additional property tax if the changes made prove illegal.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is expecting to generate additional property tax revenue of Rs. 500 crore if all the changes made turn out to be illegal.