The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has released a list of  property owners who have paid the property tax for their properties for the year 2008-09 on their website. I do appreciate the efforts they have put to collate the enormous amount of data, but the list is defective in several aspects.

It is very difficult to locate one's name in the list due to the following reasons:

Mismatch in addresses

The ARO office, the Ward Name and the Street given in the website do not match with what was given in the property tax application form. The result is that you may possibly get a message that the report is not available under the specified combination of ARO, Ward and Street when you try with the information you used filing taxes.

Brigade Millennium apartments at Puttenahalli are listed under Arekere ARO and Arekere Ward.

My apartment is in Uttarahalli Main Road in Chikkallasandra (Ward No. 29) under earlier Rajarajeswari CMC. After several trials, I located my name under Subramanyapura ARO, Subramanyapura Ward (Ward No. 62) , Chikkallasandra and Chikkallasandra Road. Apartments in our complex are shown under these two lists ! I do not know how we were listed under Subramanyapura ward and Chikkallasandra Road.

To find out your name in the list of Property tax payers follow the steps given below:
1. Go to BBMP website
2. On the home page under the Property Tax section click on 'Property Tax paid by Tax payers for 2008-09
3. This will lead you to the property tax payee list tool. This link tells you how to find out you name.
4. You will have to enter your ARO office, Ward name and street name to get the results.

BBMP has not used the standard postal addresses and the exercise has been done using incorrect classifications of AROs and Wards.

One of my neighbours' name doesn't seem to be present though he had paid the taxes in time. There may be many more such errors in the lists published.

In addition, the list of those who have not paid taxes does not contain those from the erstwhile CMC areas.

Software issues

In the website, the drop down menu options are not displayed immediately after selection. It does not show the concerned areas under each ward. The downloads take a lot of time and sometimes they fail.

The software needs to ask for only name of the property owner, application form number, and location as per postal address. Then it should display the data concerning that property only. Where is the need to display the entire list of property tax payees? The privacy of the property owner is totally lost in this approach.

The software developers should have tested their product before releasing to the public.

Efforts to reach BBMP officials have proved futile. I hope that BBMP will rectify these errors at the earliest so that the same are not carried forward.