Nashik will be among the 6 district in Maharashtra where a satellite survey of agricultural land will be conducted, 100 years since the British carried out a study like this. The other districts are Aurangabad, Pune, Amravati, Nagpur and Raigad. We will be able to get perfect land measurement of agriculture lands in Nashik through satellite.
The aim of the fresh survey is to update the records to cut down land dispute litigation’s and boost development. The pilot project of the survey has successfully been implemented in 12 villages of Mulshi taluka in Pune district.
The state government also decided to change the norms related to land measurement using satellite imagery. It will carry out the entire process with the help of private land measurement organizations and get them authenticated by an office to be separately carved out.
The union government has decided to carry out land measurement at a cost of Rs.15,500 per sq. km using satellite imagery and electronic total station or differential global positioning system. The central and the state governments will share the expenditure equally.
Although this system will take some time, the system will help in establishing the title of the land. This will cut down litigation’s pertaining to land records and also boost developments.
The process will ensure that land records of all sub divisions and 7/12 extracts will be updated to cut down chances of dispute. Accurate records, which will be helpful in cases of land transfer and acquisition, will be available on the government’s website.
A revenue official said the new system would increase the rate of judgment in cases wherein land records have to be referred to. Since the records will be precise and the survey will consider all sub divisions of the land and mutation of records, the system will help in speedy delivery of judgments.
The images and digitized records would help in deciding land matters faster. The survey will address issues such as encroachments and roads constructed during droughts and other emergencies in the past. This will further help in correction of records, thereby giving due benefits to the land holders and also ensuring that the roads, land and river are free of encroachments. The cultivators would be benefited as most of their issues pertained to encroachment on each others lands.
In case of land measurements, there are often cases of disgruntled farmers seeking re-measurement. This consumes both time and money. In such cases, the digital records will put things to rest. Earlier when farmers used to file petitions in courts, the verdicts came as late as 50 years after. Once the survey is done, such delays can be avoided.