In a first, central govt measures its land to generate extra revenue
The central government is trying to find out just how much land it owns so that idle tracts can be put to work to generate revenues. It’s early days for the mammoth exercise, but initial data show 31 of 52 central ministries together own 16,701 sq. km of land, or 11 times the size of Delhi. This excludes big land-owning ministries, such as the railways and defence, which are yet to provide data. The Prime Minister’s Office is monitoring the project, which will be complete by early next year.