Kolhapur: The civic body has decided to track the water meter readers using Global Positioning System (GPS) for effective and timely tax collection.
The Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) initiated the process to issue water tax bills through spot billing technique for last two months. The meter readers are given smartphones installed with an application to record the readings of the meter, calculate the water tax and send it to the main server of the KMC. Also, the readers are given hand-held thermal printers to print the bills on the spot and issue the bills.
The spot billing method was introduced after two years of deliberations and trials to ensure transparency in the tax calculation and recovery. However, since last few weeks, the KMC is facing citizens ire owing to the delays in getting the bills. Many citizens have received the bill of four months thereby disturbing their monthly budget.