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100-year-old land record documents to be digitised in 18 months

Written by Nisha Nambiar | Pune | Published on:June 3, 2014 1:48 pm

Documents of land records over hundred years old will be made available at a click of the mouse after the state government completes the process of scanning these documents in 18 months. The state government is likely to issue a GR on the same soon.

The state has a repository of documents even before it was separated from Gujarat and when it was called Bombay province. With the Gujarat government keen on possessing some of the revenue documents, the state will be able to provide these as the state will undertake scanning process for all the 358 talukas by month-end.

“This an ambitious project. The project got delayed due to the Lok Sabha elections. By June end we should be able to appoint a private agency to scan the documents, which are in a fragile condition. It is likely to take around 18 months for all the land records to be digitised,’’ said Chandrakant Dalvi, Settlement Commissioner.

While the pilot project of scanning land records in Mulshi and Haveli taluka has already been completed and nearly 42 lakh documents uploaded on the website, the scanning of documents for the rest of the state will begin by month end.

Dalvi said the process will enable citizens to get printouts of documents in half an hour after an application has been forwarded to the office.

An initiative of the state and Central government under the National Land Records Modernisation Programme, the project is aimed at bringing about transparency by digitising the land records.

“People who have to access their land records or record of rights or any other document have to frequently visit the office and, at times, may also not be able procure the required documents. However, this will change soon. After a person requests for a document, officials at the office would be able to search for the document within minutes with the help of a software,’’ added Dalvi.

The scanning process will be initiated by next month in 741 offices of the state, which will include 358 tehsildar offices, 358 deputy superintendent of land record offices, and 30 city surveyors offices.

“As many as 28 crore documents will be scanned by a private agency, which will be monitored by the department officials,’’ said an official.

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