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Online property registration in Indian state

Kaveri (Karnataka Valuation and e-Registration) project — the state’s first public-private e-governance initiative for the stamps and registration department — can help cut down time spent on paperwork relating to property registration from 45 days to half an hour.

Kaveri, which was introduced last year, involved the computerization of 202 sub-registrar offices in the state. Today, it is looking at expanding its own scope by connecting to the Bhoomi project (land registration) online and allowing registration of marriages, societies and firms shortly.

The department is also linking Bhoomi with Kaveri, so that land records too can be accessed from the sub-registrars office instead of having to go to taluk offices, he said.

Pune-based C-DAC has provided the software for the project, while CMS Computers Ltd (AP government’s e-seva service provider) and Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL) are the service providers for hardware, supporting software and maintenance.

The project, based on the Build-Operate-Transfer (BoT) system for a period of five years, would allow people to fulfil the registration process much faster and have instant access to valuation documents, encumbrance certificates and other documents related to land records. Moreover, the computerised process will ensure authenticity of transactions, safeguarding the citizen’s interests against fraud.

Kaveri enables property registration within 30 minutes of document submission from the earlier 45-day time period.