Over two years on, the UT administration's much-ambitious project of digitising records is yet to see completion.
Even though a budget of Rs 3 crore was sanctioned for computerisation and re-organisation of Estate Office files, the said amount has not been spent for taking further the project. This year, only 0.1% (`3 lakh) of the total budget sanctioned has been spent on the work.
It has been more than five years the administration has been claiming that residents would not have to keep visiting Estate Office and other departments for property related work as the entire process would be made online but slow pace of work is delaying the project.
The Chandigarh administration undertook the ambitious project of digitisation of property records about two years back but it is yet to be completed.
According to information, the most tedious are the files with Estate Office. Officials there claim they have to even preserve notes or comments given by officials on particular files. After the completion of the digitisation process, the record would be available in the form of CDs.
Once the process is complete, residents or property owners will be able to see property details such as allotment, ownership, deed execution and building plans online.
Nothing less than one lakh records of different types of properties - commercial, residential, institutional and religious - since 1952 are to be digitised.
All papers would be scanned and put online. The digitisation would solve the issue of files going missing from departments due to which an applicant and the concerned staff face huge problem in recasting that file with original comments or objections.
All the records would be soon uploaded on their websites by the respective departments. The registration and licencing authority is expected to be the first to do so, and it would soon upload all details on its site.
Considering the maximum number of files containing record of commercial and residential properties at Estate Office, it can take some more time to complete the task.
A senior officer at Estate Office said it was expected that all files would be digitised by 2015, and the work was being done in that direction.