In a move to attract industrialists to the state’s Make in Maharashtra mission, it has decided to make property details dating back 30 years available online. Many see this as a bid to push the state’s ease of doing business quotient. The move will make it easier for industrialists to search for title records of the land they are setting up their business on. It could also benefit homebuyers investing in flats.
The department of registration and stamp already has the records of the properties registered with them after 2001 under its eSearch domain. But the titles registered before 2001 are not available online. The investors, during their interactions with government officials, have expressed their concern over this. It was a problem especially for multinational companies investing in the state that are expected to obtain records — dating back 30 years — of the land they acquire to set up their units.
Taking this demand into consideration, the state has asked the department to digitise the records from 1988, the year in which the ready-reckoner-based registration of the properties began.
“The scanning and digitisation of the documents of the properties registered between 1988 and 2001 has been completed and they will be uploaded by the end of the year. The records of the properties registered after 2001— the year registrations began to be digitised — are readily available online on our website under the eSearch facility,” said Sanjay Kolte, joint inspector general of registration.
“The industrialists willing to invest in the state will now be able to ensure the title of the land is clear. It will also enable investors to get information about the land transactions that took place in the past thirty years,” said Swadheen Kshatriya, chief secretary.
Beside industrialists, homebuyers, too, can avail the facility to know the legal status of the plot on which the apartment they are investing in stands. “We already have details of crores of land titles because we register around 22 lakh titles every year,” another official from the department said.
The department has also launched a helpline (8888007777) to assist citizens with details of land records and other registration-related information.