Saturday, 4 April 2015

Rural Delhi land to be digitized

To break the monopoly of a section of babus managing land records of the city's 356 villages, empower property owners with authentic, digitally-signed documents and end harassment of buyers at the hands of a burgeoning mafia, the Delhi government is preparing to go public with Indraprastha Bhulekh, a detailed online database of land records of each and every property in a village. The digitized record, along with maps linked to satellite imagery of ground status, will help provide a robust "land monitoring and management" system to check alterations in land status including transactions and illegal constructions.

To begin with, the records of 52 villages of southwest district digitized in pilot mode will be put out in the public domain in weeks ahead. Trial runs for using the online system are on. Digitization for the remaining villages in 10 districts will be completed within five months from the public launch of the land record platform.

With this online system, the government is seeking to bring to an end the arduous and corruption-ridden process of getting hold of authentic land records for properties in Delhi's 356 villages. Once functional, digitally signed records can be easily downloaded and printed for use.

In Delhi's village belts, expensive agricultural land is currently under siege. There are many legal disputes as the untapped areas are now being sought by builders and land mafia through illegal means. Through this online database, anyone can get a view into the property land record and its legal status. They can then cross-check the land status through the maps put up showing the ground situation. Any discrepancy can be pointed out immediately.

Delhi's revenue secretary and divisional commissioner Ashwani Kumar said, "Earlier, too, some work was done on digitization of land records but it was abandoned mid-way. This time, however, things are being executed with a vision for continuity. We have decided to take a bold step by putting all property records of the villages online and make them accessible to the common man"

Elaborating on the road ahead, district magistrate (southwest) Ankur Garg said under the project the land record database will be linked to Delhi government's revenue department website. "What is seen as a long and tedious process at the level of patwari and tehsildar will become a matter of just a few minutes," said Garg, who is also the designated officer in charge of Information technology in the revenue department. He is in charge of helping the remaining 10 districts replicate the southwest district module.

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