If all goes as planned, property records in the state will soon be updated within three weeks of registration of a sale deed. The revenue department has asked all districts to roll out by November-end an online system it has come up with in this regard.
According to Settlement Commissioner Chandrakant Dalvi, it often takes several months to a year to update land records at present.
Dalvi said cases had come to light in the recent past where a plot had been sold to multiple buyers owing to the time taken to update land records.
Under the new system, an online notice for recording the transaction on the property extract will be generated at the time of the registration itself.
For this, the government has e-linked servers of the land records and the registration department. Dalvi said: “An online intimation will be sent to the land record department concerned upon registration at the sub-registrar’s notice. The department concerned will immediately issue an online notice which will be served on the parties. Notices will also be dispatched immediately if other parties are affected by the deal.”
A 15-day period would then be granted for filing objections, before initiating the process of updating the land records. “We expect the entire process to take three weeks’ time,” he added.
The government has already conducted a successful pilot project in Pune’s Mulshi taluka. Besides arresting fraudulence, the new system also aims to spare citizens visits to multiple offices.
Inspector General of Registration (IGR) S Chokalingam issued a circular last month in which the department contended that complaints of impersonation and false documentation had risen manifold with rising property prices.