The state government is rolling out its massive project of satellite mapping land across 40,000 villages across Maharashtra, a move targeted to bring down land related disputes to zero in five years. The whole exercise in three phases is expected to cost Rs 1,600 crore. A detailed note to the ministry of finance also indicates that the project, which would also involve physical measurement of land, would need temporary recruitment of 25,000 people. Growing number of disputes related to revenue land records (also called 7/12 extracts) had given a fresh impetus to the project.
A pilot project had been carried out in Mulshi taluka of Pune. Once the survey is documented, individuals can source land records online. A senior revenue official said, “Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis issued directives to accord the highest priority to bring down land related disputes in rural Maharashtra to zero in a phased manner.”
The project will be carried out as part of the National Land Records Modernisation Programme (NLRMP) rolled out across states in 2008.Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse said, “Once the survey is conducted and documented… there would be little room for any individual to challenge the documents as the survey would be meticulously carried out through satellite mapping and physical measurement.” It would cover 2,40,506 square kms and does not include Mumbai and suburbs. It does not include forest land across 61,273.62 square kms. The urban land area in the state is 5193.29 square km.