Cidco finally makes it to land records, owns 15K hectares
CBD BELAPUR: The City and Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (Cidco) which acquired land from the locals to develop Navi Mumbai, till recently was not the owner of the land as per the 7/12 extract of the revenue department, which is the basic proof of ownership of land.
In 2013, Cidco started talks with district collector to get itself registered.
Now, the process has been completed and Cidco name has been registered in the official records. It has around 15,000 hectares under it.
Cidco was formed by the state government for Navi Mumbai’s development.
Accordingly, 343.7 sqkm land was acquired by the government in Thane, Panvel and Uran talukas. It was then transferred to Cidco.
As per the government policy, Cidco gave monetary compensation to the original owners of the land and acquired ownership of the land.
It was, however, necessary that CIDCO’s name figured in the 7/ 12 extract. For the past four decades no efforts had been made in this regard.
Cidco had along with private agricultural land of 15,000 hectares, also acquired forest and government land under its name. While its name had been registered on the forest and government land, the 7/12 records of private land of the farmers showed the original holders as the owners.
Radha said, “The process required possession letter of the land acquired by Cidco, the old 7/12, its alterations and so on involving thousands of letters which had been scanned. All the maps of the lands were also updated.”
She added, “Based on the documents received from the district collector, the acquired and unacquired lands were classified. It revealed that Cidco had larger share of land with it. To ensure that proper planning is done of the land, we have created a land bank.