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Indian state to update all land records

Mumbai, India: The Maharashtra State Government undertook a land mapping project, worth INR 1500-crore, to map the entire state to update land records and introduce conclusive property titles. This is the first time such an exercise is being undertaken in India. The last land mapping in India took place over 80 years ago under British rule, Mumbai Mirror reported.

According to the report, the state government will use satellite images, aerial photos and GPS for mapping. Half of the total cost of the project will be borne by Government of India.

The state’s Settlements Commissioner and Director, land records, Chandrakant Dalvi, said that the remapping will begin in a couple of months. “It is a project that will help in overall development of the state. It will help individuals and also communities,” he added.

The remapping will also generate accurate maps for every village, town and city in the state. “The current maps are outdated. New roads have been built; villages, town and cities have grown; rivers have changed course. But our maps do not reflect these changes,” Dalvi observed.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, at a press conference earlier this week, said just sorting out land titles could add one per cent to the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Dalvi said a majority of cases in court concern land disputes. “These cases hold up development. Often banks do not lend money to buyers where titles are under dispute. Clear land titles will help clear this mess.”

Source: Mumbai Mirror