Indian state to digitise maps of land holdings

Indian state to digitise maps of land holdings

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Haryana: The Indian state of Haryana has almost completed the process of digitising maps of individual land holdings in an attempt to end land disputes in the region. “Haryana is the first state in the country to generate such digitised maps,” said Krishna Mohan, Haryana additional chief secretary (revenue). The digitidsed maps, indicating neighbourhood, dimensions and satellite images, would be available in the revenue offices by March, 2014 and would be on government websites within a year, said officials.

Growing number of disputes was a major reason why the revenue department in 2007 decided to digitise the land maps of a village on trial basis. Later, the concept was expanded in two districts and in 2011 the project was initiated for the entire state under The National Land Record Modernization Programme.

“Availability of updated land records, including sale deeds and registration process in electronic form and records in public domain, will ensure greater transparency and facilitate calculation of fair compensation in case of land acquisition based on latest market rates. It would also help land owners to carry out land transactions without the need to run around multiple offices,” said Krishna Mohan.

Source: Times of India