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Its lawyers losing cases,DDA told to post data online

A “system overhaul” could spare the Delhi Development Authority’s panel of lawyers the embarrassment not having adequate information during court proceedings.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published: July 3, 2012 4:39:11 am

A “system overhaul” could spare the Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) panel of lawyers the embarrassment not having adequate information during court proceedings.

Following a Delhi High Court endeavour,the DDA has begun to digitise all its records that would allow its lawyers to access data relating to property,instead of waiting for a briefing on the matter from the civic agency’s officials. The lawyers would be provided usernames and passwords to log on to the system.

Sources said the digitisation process was proposed because it was noticed that DDA officials sometimes fail to communicate the required information in time to the lawyers,who in turn get the rap from judges for inadequate details during hearings.

The DDA,in an affidavit,told a High Court Bench that its IT or Systems department has already started the process of preparing soft copies of all the files of its Housing department. More then 56,000 files,including images, have been scanned and digitised so far,and the data would be uploaded by July-end,the DDA counsel said.

The civic agency could soon provide limited access to the digitised data of 4.36 lakh property for the time being,the counsel said.

“The DDA is directed to file an additional affidavit,giving an update as to the status of grant of restricted access to the counsels for the DDA to the digitised data,and the status of digitisation two weeks before the next date of hearing,” the court said,adding that the matter would be taken up again in August.

Hearing a case seeking mutation of a property and allotment of a low income group (LIG) flat,the court had noticed lack of co-ordination between the DDA lawyers and the briefing officials. The Judge said the civic agency should “seriously” consider digitisation of all its records.

The DDA said all the data pertaining to housing schemes since 2006 have been digitised and all the records could be,hence,generated from its computer system without manual interference.

The court,however,directed the DDA to put in place a mechanism to ensure access to its empanelled lawyers,besides digitising records prior to 2006.

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