Taking a step forward to ensure that land records are available to citizens online, the Gurgaon district administration has started digitising the data.
As the project is a first of its kind in Haryana, the agencies have conducted a survey to help revenue officials identify land boundaries in five tehsils — Gurgaon, Farukhnagar, Manesar, Sohna and Pataudi. Through the survey, the officials have also identified the present status of all land, including information about any dispute or litigations related to the plots. Digital reference points have also been put up on plots for demarcating the boundaries.
The project is aimed at resolving a number of land disputes and so the mapping is being done scientifically with the help of unmanned aerial vehicles which have a resolution quality of 5cm.
Several officers, including scientists, are working round the clock to complete the updation of land records by March 31. However, it will take another six months for all records to go online.
A senior official said that land records, starting from 1957, will be available to the people with details like name of the owner, its location and mutation information.
The number of land registration can vary due to transfer of the land from one person to another, the officer said.
Labs have been set up by the administration in all five tehsils where officials are checking land records and updating them.
For the project, imaging is being done by Science Technology Park of Pune, while the digital reference points which are connected to each other are being managed by Haryana Space Application Centre . The work of collecting data is being done by the district’s information and technology department.
Installation of reference points, which are more than 500, was initiated from Gwal Pahari and the cost of the project has reached around Rs. 50 lakh till now. It is expected to increase further, the official said.
Earlier, land boundaries were marked with stones, which could be removed or they would erode naturally. “Absence of these stones or territory markers caused confusion among people, leading to several land-related disputes. In the absence of clear demarcation, people would include natural drains in their land or acquire forest land or green belt areas. Even the administration did not have proper land records for correct measurements,” the official said.
But with digital reference points in place, if anyone removes or alters them, the administration will be notified and stringent action will be taken against the person. During the digitisation process, areas will be defined as green belts, natural drains and forest land.
Deputy commissioner TL Satyaprakash said, “We are working round the clock to ensure that land records are available online. Every land is being marked scientifically so that all land disputes end. Once the process is completed, we will be able to revive natural resources too.”