The next time you go to the Mumbai city collectorate for getting extracts of your property cards, you can bid adieu to long waits and bureaucratic delays.
Moreover, people wanting to make a fast buck by altering the boundaries of their properties will also be kept in check due to the collectorate's drive to computerize the property records.
The Mumbai city collectorate is all set to start a large-scale drive to computerize land records and survey maps in the city.
The drive, which will take two years to complete, will involve digitization, computerization and updating the land records and property cards in the city areas.
The property cards are the land records of the properties (land) in the city and are necessary while buying or selling land. They contain details like the holders name, area, city survey number, revenue division, name of the area, rent due to the government, history, mode of acquisition and the classification of the land.
The charges for the property cards vary as per the area of the land. People can also access the property cards to check on the status of the land before buying it or a property constructed on it.
Said Valsa Nair Singh, District Collector, Mumbai City: "This computerization and revision drive will ensure that people will be able to get up-to date property cards and also make the system transparent. People will be able to check the status of the land before buying it and also ascertain how many times the property has changed hands."
The island city has around 35,000 properties (city survey numbers) spread across the 19 divisions, but the sale registry and the property cards have not been updated regularly since 1980.
On an average, citizens need three days to procure a property card, and once implemented, the system will reduce the time.
The collectorate plans to involve the Maharashtra Remote Sensing Application Centre (MRSAC) to update the records using remote sensing technology. The project, which is estimated to cost around Rs 25 lakh initially, will be submitted to the state government for funding. Officials will also go in for a physical verification of the status of the land.
Better surveillance will ensure that the boundaries of prime land in Mumbai will not be altered by unscrupulous property owners to make a fast buck.
However, officials said the problem lay in the fact that many people have come late for registering the sale of their properties, often years after the deal has taken place. This has ensured that the records are not updated properly. But, the government has made it compulsory for the sub-registrar of stamp duty to take a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the district collectorate, which will ensure that all property transactions are recorded.