India, November 14, 2014: Within days of taking charge, the Revenue Minister of Maharashtra, Eknath Khadse, has revealed that the government’ is planning to initiate a Rs. 4,000-crore satellite imaging project to map all land in the state and prepare digital records of land holdings.
“We have decided to undertake an ambitious Rs. 4,000-crore project for satellite mapping of land in the State. During a meeting of officials at Mantralaya, we were told that the project will take five years to complete but we want to finish it much before that period,” he told media.
“The satellite imaging would include that of land used for agriculture, industry and also urban land. The last comprehensive land mapping exercise was undertaken 150 years ago under British rule. Now we want to use technology to get an accurate picture, which will help bring in transparency in land transactions,” he added.
The project would be taken up under a centrally-funded scheme. Once complete, the entire data will be digitised and be made available to the public. The move is aimed at reducing corruption and improving transparency in the land registry department. The minister further added that after the mapping exercise, the government plans to issue necessary directives to treat computer printouts of land records as valid.
Source: The Hindu BusinessLine