Starting Thursday, registering immovable properties such as plots, houses, apartments and farm houses with the revenue department in Gurgaon became a less-than-a-day affair as against the earlier gruelling 10-15-days long wait.
About 100 applicants got their properties registered on the day of application, without having to pay bribes to touts.
With this, Gurgaon became the first city of the state to offer hand-to-hand registration of properties.
According to the district magistrate RK Kataria, about 3,000 properties of all types are registered with the revenue department every month in Gurgaon district that contributes to the tune of about 45-50 percent of the total property registration revenue of the state.
Rs. 41 crore has been collected through registration of individual floors alone in Gurgaon after the rule was enforced by the government early this year.
Vijay Soni, a Delhi resident who visited the property registration office at the Mini Secretariat to get the sales deed of his 300 sq-yard house, said that it was a pleasant surprise for him to get the work done in few hours.
“I was told that the registration of properties takes more than ten days but I was surprised to get it done in just three hours. I applied for registration this morning only,” Soni said.
A decision to enable properties to be registered the day of application was taken in a meeting chaired by the Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary of Revenue Department Naresh Gulati on June 23.
Gurgaon district magistrate R K Kataria said that five counters had been set up for the purpose at the office of the property registration officer (tehsildar). To make the system operational, powers to register sale deeds were granted to three more junior registration officers (naib tehsildars).
“The idea is make the system not only transparent by eliminating touts in the registration process but also to register the properties the same day of application. As against one counter and a revenue officer earlier, we have now five counters and officers for the speedy processing of the documents. We would also install CCTV cameras soon in the office,” Kataria said.
Kataria said that touts would not be allowed to enter the registration office. He said, “We have displayed the list of the documents and the fee required for property registration in the office and the applicants need to submit their documents and fee with the officers only. They are advised not to fall trap to touts and pay them more.”