The Narhe building collapse triggered the need for a proper mapping of legal and illegal buildings and the exercise, touted as an uphill task — one of the hurdles being lack of clarity in permissions for buildings and non-agricultural land — is on. Learning from the experience, the Pune district administration felt the need for digitising and recording revenue department data, non-agricultural land and building permission in particular, and the Science and Technology Park (Scitech Park) has chipped in with the expertise. Its proposal likely to get the green signal is expected to equip the revenue department to access these documents at the click of a mouse.
A GIS for a non-agricultural land and building permission cell at the collector’s office will be manned by a Scitech Park team.
The Scitech Park proposal to the district collector envisages a Geographical Information System (GIS) cell to be housed in the collector’s office to provide permissions.
“We have got the proposal from Science and Technology Park and since they have already done a case study in Ambegaon, we should in all likelihood replicate the same for the entire district,” said Pune district collector Saurabh Rao.
The GIS cell service at the district collector’s office will create an archival and retrieval solution to digitise and record permission for conversion of non-agricultural land, besides building permissions.
A survey of illegal/legal buildings is being carried out in the district and officials said they surveyed more than 70,000 buildings and found that at many places, unavailability of documents has led to confusion over ownership. “The cases where doubts arise have been set aside and unless documents are retrieved they cannot get clearance. Having these documents will help us,” said officials.
The Scitech Park proposal assures a global database of scanned images of all documents for Pune district available with the revenue department.
Images of all the forms required for non-agricultural land documents including seven by twelve extracts, file notings, maps and other documents, and those needed for building permissions — blueprints, maps, seven by twelve extracts — too will be scanned and listed category wise. Thumbnails will be created and all records listed as per category to make access to information easier. “The final application form and approval, along with statutory documents, maps, measurements, no objection certificates (NOCs) would be displayed in WEB GIS solution as per the approved format,” stated the official.