Mangalore, Dec 26: The Revenue Department has recently launched a land survey project in a bid to change the current property records maintenance system, which is outdated and complicated.
The original system, designed for the maintenance of agricultural land records, makes it difficult for the officials concerned to measure the extent of an individual’s property. As opposed to the ownership document of agricultural land, which is known as RTC, the ownership document of non-agricultural land is known as “khata.” Problems have arisen owing to the fact that a large number of documents of ownership still remain RTCs in spite of their conversion for non agricultural purposes long ago.
The Revenue Department’s land survey, which commenced on Dec 15, plans to set right these issues. DC V Ponnuraj, who is guiding this monumental project, said that the survey will be completed within a year.
The land survey project will progress in 4 phases. The first phase will include the mapping of the city’s boundary; the second phase will include the demarcation of roads and other common property; the third phase will include the marking of Mangalore’s wards; and the fourth phase will include the demarcation of boundaries of each plot in Mangalore.
At present, the Revenue Department was maintaining all the property records of Mangalore. DC Ponnuraj said that, for this reason, the work pressure on the Revenue Department, which is also supposed to maintain records for the rest of the taluk, is great. Once the land survey project comes to an end and the new system of property records maintenance is implemented, the task of property records maintenance will be shifted to the Mangalore City Corporation (MCC).