Six years after the state cabinet approved the Revenue Department’s ambitious Urban Property Ownership Records (UPOR) project for Bengaluru, work on surveying properties in the capital has finally commenced.
The Revenue Department’s survey, settlement and land records wing initiated the UPOR project in 2009 to guarantee ownership records to property-owners in cities.
Five cities — Shivamogga, Mysuru, Mangaluru, Hubballi-Dharwad and Ballari — were initially chosen. The idea was to survey all properties, verify documents and issue property rights to owners. Glitches delayed the launch in Bengaluru.
In Bengaluru, the department has chosen the Jayanagar ward where a physical survey commenced 10 days ago. The Survey of India has provided a drone survey facility for the pilot project in Jayanagar 4th Block, which will continue till July 14.
There is, however, a cloud of uncertainty over the effectiveness of such a project in a city like Bengaluru. Reason: the lukewarm response that the project received in other cities, coupled with technical glitches.
Also, the last survey of Bengaluru’s properties was carried out in the late 1960s when the city was spread over 135 sqkm with 1.65 lakh properties. At present, the city is spread over 800 sqkm and has 20 lakh properties.
An official associated with the project said that while the department has completed the survey in three cities, only 50% of documents were verified and only 30% property register cards distributed.
“Earlier, the project was implemented on a PPP model where a private company was given the task of collecting property documents, creating a database and issuing cards to property owners. But the PPP model was not a success,” the officer said. In fact, the model led to a litigation between the private company and the Revenue Department, with the former citing financial losses.
This time around, the department is undertaking the survey on its own. “We have taken help from a private agency for manpower. Documentation, creation of property database and card collection will be done by the department itself,” Munish Moudgil, commissioner of survey settlements and land records, told ET.
Unlike in other cities where it relied on a physical survey, in Bengaluru, the department is using drones to speed up work. “We will decide on surveying the entire city using drones after examining the error margin and accuracy level. A drone survey, if proved successful, will save us a lot of time and manpower,” Moudgil said.
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