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Indian state to use satellite images to update land records

Jaipur, India: Under the national land records modernisation programme, the Rajasthan state government in India, initiated a land mapping project, using Electronic Total Station (ETS), aerial photographs and high resolution satellite images.

Naveen Jain, settlement commissioner in the state, explained, “There are huge number of pending cases at all levels which need to be settled. With scientific way of managing records, there will be transparency and better management of records.”

ETS, a technique based on the longitude and latitude system, measure the length and breadth of the area and gives exact measurement. This system will be used in a pilot project at four tehsils in Tonk, Bhilwara, Barmer and Jodhpur districts.

“Keeping the geographical diversity and the size of the state, we do not want to restrict ourselves just to one method. So we are using ETS in four tehsils and similarly seeking permission from the government to use HSRI in Sriganganagar and aerial photography in Sawai Madhopur district,” said Jain.

Once the project is fully implemented, every data of the agriculture land will be digitised and made available online. Officials claim that once everything will be on public domain, the land scams and irregularities will reduce to a great extent.

“The move will complete abolish the monopoly of patwaris from keeping land record and the encroachments will on government land will become difficult,” Jain added.

Source: Times of India