Property registration to become hassle-free in AP

HYDERABAD: Property registration in Andhra Pradesh will soon become a simple, short, and hassle-free process. The entire registration process will be completed within an hour.

The AP government has mooted to introduce registration seva kendras on the lines of the passport seva kendras. This will check middlemen and reduce dependence on document writers. With the digital back-up being provided by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), one can walk out of the registration seva kendra in just 45 minutes.

The initiative is aimed at resolving several issues including rampant corruption in land registrations. The registration seva centres will have all the facilities under one roof. Stamp vending machines and standardized documents for all types of registration will be made available in the centre. Initially, document writers will be allowed into the seva kendras, but their actions will be monitored through closed circuit cameras.

“The registration process will be converted into digital service in a phased manner. We want to complete the registration process in 45 minutes. We are planning to start the registration seva centres in urban areas in the first phase,” Ajey Kallam, special chief secretary (revenue), told TOI.

To eliminate forgery and fake documents, the registration department has launched encrypted document receipt that will be printed after the registration. It will be handed over to the property buyer. A special paper will be used for printing the document. This will check fake documents. The stock holding corporation has been roped in by AP government to handle document printing. An employee from the corporation will supervise the printing of each document and the corporation will be held responsible for any deviation.

The state government is expecting more transactions in urban areas where the process is set to become hassle-free. “At present more than 55 per cent transactions are registered in urban areas and with the introduction of registration seva centres we expect it to jump to 80 per cent in two years,” said a senior official in the registration department.

Consultancy major Deloitte has been asked to prepare the request for proposal (RFP) of the project which will be placed before the chief minister next week for his approval.

The revenue department has already made elaborate arrangements to launch the project on pilot basis in Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Guntur.

Credits ET Realty

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