Eleven villages in Gurugram district become Lal Dora-free – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: Eleven villages in Gurugram district of Haryana have been declared ‘Lal Dora-free’ as a Survey of India team has completed its survey there, officials said on Friday.

In the second round, a survey and mapping of 49 villages in Sohna Tehsil has been started under a pilot project on land ownership plan in Gurugram district through drones.

Gurugram Deputy Commissioner Amit Khatri gave this information during a videoconference from Chandigarh headquarters to review the drone survey work done to make district villages Lal Dora-free.

“Eleven villages in Sohna Tehsil were taken up under the pilot project to make villages in Gurugram district Lal Dora-free, after completion of drone mapping etc. The people have also been given documents related to ownership of their properties,” Khatri said.

During the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary Sanjeev Kaushal said that District Development and Panchayat Officers have been appointed nodal officers for this task.

To accelerate this work, separate officers will be appointed for survey and mapping work in all tehsil areas after proper training.

Sudhir Rajpal, Principal Secretary, Development and Panchayat Department, asked all Deputy Commissioners to ensure rapid mapping through drone surveys in a phased manner to make villages Lal Dora-free.

According to the Lal Dora system, land ownership depends on mutual consent between the buyers and the sellers. There is no record of land or its ownership in government records under such system, due to which landowners are unable to raise loans.

The system was started in 1908 during the British rule, wherein red lines used to be drawn on maps to mark the boundaries of non-agricultural and agricultural land for the purpose of revenue records.

“Once the villages become Lal Dora-free, people living in such areas will be able to get registries of their houses done and become legal owners of properties on record. They will be able to sell their houses and those purchasing them will also have to get registries done. Owners will also be able to avail of loans against their land,” a spokesperson for the district administration explained.

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Haryana: 12 villages to finally get land ownership proof – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: For hundreds of villagers in Sohna’s Rani ka Singola village, who have been struggling to get bank loans to build houses on land they have no ownership proof of, Wednesday will mark a new chapter as the state government begins an exercise to end the century-old Lal Dora system in the district.

As part of chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s Swamitva scheme, a 13-member team from Survey of India will tag residential properties in villages falling under Lal Dora using drone mapping to offer ownership to villagers who have occupied the land for decades, but have no mention in revenue records. Apart from Rani ka Singola, 11 other villages in Gurugram will also be covered.

Till now, under the Lal Dora system, ownership of the land depended on possession. The land would be sold on mutual consent of the buyer and the seller, as there would be no registration of the land in government records. As a result, the property owner was unable to get a loan from the banks. The system came into being in 1908 during the British rule. At that time, red lines were drawn on maps delineating village habitation from nearby agricultural land for revenue records. The system demarcated land used for residential purpose in villages, but there was no record of ownership and no revenue was collected.

Now, with the new initiative, the state government aims to not only resolve thousands of disputes related to possession and ownership of land, but also boost revenue generation for the state exchequer. The move will also help people in selling and purchasing land and get home loans.
Haryana: 12 villages to finally get land ownership proofOfficials said 13 districts in the state are being covered under the exercise at present. The government aims to cover the entire state by the end of this year. “This will lead to the creation of the most durable record of property holdings in these areas, which have no legacy revenue records,” said V Umashankar, additional principal secretary to the chief minister.

An official, who is part of the survey team, said, “It will be an unusual sight for villagers. From Wednesday, a team of officials will be flying a drone over their properties and marking borders with chuna (lime powder).”

Janardan, a resident of Sirsi village in Karnal where the survey was recently conducted, said he had always dreamed of building a house on his 290 sqm plot, but his biggest challenge was getting a bank loan. “I didn’t have any document to prove ownership as my property fell within Lal Dora. Banks refused loans. But now I have a ‘Property card’ as ownership proof,” he said.

Like Janardan, there are lakhs of villagers in about 6,700 villages of Haryana who will get relief. Sube Singh Bohra, former sarpanch of Wazirabad, said this will be a big reform as land will be registered in the name of the owner, bringing to an end to disputes on land possession and ownership. “It will also help to generate revenue for state government as people will have to get their land registered as per the norms,” he added.

Surveyor general of India Lt Gen Girish Kumar said 18 teams will mark properties with lime powder, then fly drones over them to get high-resolution images. These images will then be integrated with maps. “We realised that flying aircraft or taking satellite images will not give us the desired results, so using drones was the best way to recreate the entire terrain,” he said.

“We have completed the activity in nearly 600 villages in Haryana, and maps of 110 have been prepared. We plan to cover all 6,700 villages in the state by December,” Kumar added.

He said that the scheme aimed at providing an “integrated property validation solution” for villages. “Owners will get ‘record of rights’ which, in turn, will enable them to use their property as a financial asset for taking loans and other financial benefits from banks,” he said.

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