Kar­nataka Land Depart­ment goes On­line

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site will be less than 30 min­utes, and will be paid ser­vice. This, how­ever, is a big im­prove­ment on the cur­rent state of af­fairs, where procur­ing hard copies of a cer­ti­fied doc­u­ment can of­ten take sev­eral days.

The of­fice of prop­erty reg­is­tra­tion plays a cru­cial role as it au­then­ti­cates sale or trans­fer of im­mov­able prop­erty. Its reg­is­tra­tion helps fix own­er­ship or right on a prop­erty. The depart­ment, roughly , re­ceives at least 15-20 lakh queries, seek­ing copies of doc­u­ments from sub-reg­is­trar of­fices ev­ery year across Kar­nataka.

Of­fi­cials said the ser­vice will be added with an ‘es­earch’ fa­cil­ity that fa­cil­i­tates the process of se­lect­ing real es­tate. A cit­i­zen in­ter­ested in pur­chas­ing a prop­erty, for in­stance, on MG Road but would first like to con­duct a thor­ough search of records, now only needs to know its city sur­vey num­ber and sub-reg­is­trar of­fice con­cerned.

It also pro­vides de­tailed search re­sults of reg­is­tered trans­ac­tions of prop­er­ties since 2003, and is, there­fore, ex­pected to check fraud­u­lent trans­ac­tions to an ex­tent.

Meena said the fa­cil­ity will make the reg­is­tra­tion process more cit­i­zen-friendly, and will dras­ti­cally re­duce foot­fall at sub-reg­is­trar of­fices, and in­crease their work ef­fi­ciency. Roughly, 30% of the peo­ple vis­it­ing sub­reg­is­trar of­fices come for cer­ti­fied copies of reg­is­tered doc­u­ments.

Prakash R, a prop­erty con­sul­tant and RTI ac­tivist, wel­comed the ini­tia­tive, but cau­tioned that its ef­fec­tive­ness will be known only af­ter ex­tended use. “It can bring down cor­rup­tion, con­sid­er­ing that sub-reg­is­trar of­fices in Kar­nataka have been a hub of sleaze and bribery. But of­fi­cials them­selves may not al­low tech­nol­ogy to func­tion smoothly, if its harms their in­ter­est,” he said.

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