Hyderabad: The Telangana government has taken up a massive operation to conduct a fresh survey of all the land including forest lands in the State and fully computerise the details as part of the digitisation programme of the State government to ensure hassle-free land transactions.
The exercise is being taken up since most of the land records, some of which are from the Nizam’s era, are decrepit or missing. The last survey of lands in the State was conducted in the 1930’s, much before Independence, when resurveys were taken up once every 30 years, A Bhaskar, Joint Director (Survey), Bhu Bharathi Department under the Chief Commission of Land Administration (CCLA) told ‘Telangana Today’.
He said that 90 per cent of the village land records were no longer in usable condition, and added that unfortunately no resurvey had been conducted in the unified State in last 80 years.
To avoid land disputes in the new State of Telangana, the government has taken up this challenging task which includes assigned, forest and government lands, and the job has been entrusted to the Bhu Bharathi Department under the close supervision of Chief Commissioner of Land Administration (CCLA).
The massive land survey in the State is being implemented with financial assistance from the Centre under the Digital India Land Records Moderinisation Programme (DILMP). The exercise, when completed, will make land administration easier apart from getting a crystal clear picture of lands in particular areas, he said, adding that the main objective of the programme was to develop a modern, transparent and comprehensive land records in the State. Hitherto, when land-holders approach the Land and Survey Department for land records, it was a herculean task to provide them with details often leading to legal disputes.
“I have been visiting the mandal revenue and survey offices for the past one year to get our village map and Vasulbaki papers to locate our ancestral lands with clear boundaries, but the officials have given written explanation stating the records were not available,” said Praneel Kumar of Chevella villages in the city outskirts, adding that some of their valuable land had now been encroached upon.
If the government takes up fresh survey, it will help thousands of farmers and genuine land-owners, he said.