Karnataka Land Department goes Online
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.