In Karnataka – 14 villages, parts of Bangalore being surveyed now

Village cluster located on rich mining belt of Sandur taluk, some parts of Bangalore will be surveyed for the first time.

Historically, all the villages, cities and towns of Karnataka were surveyed in the year 1910 and again in 1965, where a recalibration of the lands/properties in tune with the development was carried out. Interestingly, a cluster of villages in the surroundings of the rich mining belt of Sandur taluk in Bellary district were left out from the survey records all these years. This means, the agriculture land owners do not have right of record, and had problems while transacting their lands. The properties were just marked on a kachcha village map without accuracy.

Shortly, a massive exercise will be carried out to survey these 14 villages, measure each and every parcel of land, construct survey maps, give land owners record of rights in their names, and bring them on board the survey department records. The ball was set rolling last December and the government directive to the department of survey, settlement and land record was issued recently.

The 14 villages — Dharmapura, Kartikeshwara, Devagiri, Susheela-nagar, Siddapura, Ramghada, Hulikunte, Ranjitpura, Shankrapura, Mudaaripura, Obalapura, Jodi Bommanahalli, Jodi Kasinayka-nahalli and Tippanamaradi — were earlier under the Madras Presidency, where the Imam granted villages and continued to remain so. Hence, the land owners do not have records in their names but just temporary numbers called Paimaasi in the pahani documents. Without land titles, the agriculturists could not carry out sale/purchase.

“It is a huge task as from time immemorial, these villages were not surveyed and the exercise is happening for the first time. Each village is expected to have around 200 acres, and in all, around 3,000 acres will be surveyed.

There are some pockets in Karnataka where the urbanised areas haven’t been resurveyed. But the Sandur villages are coming into our records now. This should take about six months for completion after which, every farmer will be given land records in his/her name,” commissioner for survey, settlement and land records, Munish Moudgil, told media.

Sandur, which is a rich mining belt in the state, was once a princely state ruled by the Ghorpade royal family, and has manganese and iron ore deposits.

Right now, these villages exist on kachcha maps with inaccurate boundaries and no specific information of the lands. Once the land owners are given Record of Rights, tenancy and Crops (RTC), it will become an authentic document, which will go into the Bhoomi records where individual land records can be accessed online.

The last such massive exercise that was carried out by the land survey department was a resurvey of 28 villages of the state in 2011 and the RTCs were issued only this year. “Once the 14 villages are completed, we will look at resurvey of some urbanised pockets and bring non-agriculture properties into our records. This includes Bengaluru, where several areas are out of the survey maps,” Moudgil added.

Credits Bangalore Mirror

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