Delhi government starts publishing land data online to prevent cases of fraud

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Amid cases of public land being “fraudulently” transferred to private entities, the Delhi government has started uploading data related to properties of evacuees, Gram Sabha and acquired land on its portal to prevent such scams.

Recently, on the intervention of the Lieutenant Governor, two subdivision magistrates and an assistant secretary were suspended while a recommendation was made for the suspension of an additional district magistrate for the alleged transfer of vacated land in north Delhi.

Additionally, a sub-registrar and a ‘kanoon’ have been suspended for their alleged involvement in a similar ‘fraud’ in South Delhi.

“We are uploading data on evacuee properties, Gram Sabha land and land acquired or being acquired, to our portal,” a senior revenue department official said.

This will help sub-registrars determine whether the land they are registering is already acquired or in the process of being acquired, he said.

“We are trying to bring data from different land registries into a portal that will help relevant officials to check the status of land being registered. This will also prevent any risk of corruption and speed up the registration process,” said said the manager.

Before registration, sub-registrars require certain No Objection Certificates (NOC), including one from land acquisition collectors to verify whether registered land is acquired or not, officials said.

Data on acquired properties will also be uploaded to the portal so that sub-registrars do not have to wait for the NOC and can check the status of the land on their computers.

“In the event that the data of the land acquired or being acquired is not available on the portal and is registered, the sub-registrar will not be responsible. The sub-divisional magistrates lead the acquisition process and upload the data,” the revenue officer said.

This will save time for people registering their properties because currently when the documents are submitted for the registration of a property, the sub-registrar asks for the report on its status and it takes time, he said .

“It is a dark area as reporting takes 15 days to a month and property registration is delayed. It also leaves room for corruption which we are trying to root out,” he added .

Officials said there were around 600 to 700 properties of evacuees in Delhi. These properties are also known as enemy properties belonging to people who migrated to Pakistan after partition in 1947.

There are 105 villages, including 34 rural villages and the remaining urbanized villages, in the national capital according to the latest census, they added.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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