Centre to roll out drone survey for property validation

PUNE: The central government has decided to take a leaf out of the state government’s drone survey to map habitations in rural areas and replicate it across the country.

The first survey of properties in the state using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) was launched in Pune district’s Sonori village last year to map spatial information.

The purpose was to give property titles to residential and other properties in around 40,000 villages and help residents gain better liquidity on these assets.

“We started the survey in Pune and then planned to replicate the same across the entire state. We were about to form teams to carry out the same, but could not due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The work will continue post-monsoon,” said settlement commissioner S Chockolingam.

He said that under the SVAMITVA scheme of the ministry of panchayati raj, the programme will be rolled out to provide integrated property validation solution for rural India. The demarcation of inhabitant land in rural areas would be done using drone surveying technology with the collaborative efforts of the ministry of panchayati raj, state panchayati raj department, state revenue department and the Survey of India (SOI).

Mapping of rural habitations in partnership with various state governments viz Maharashtra, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh etc primarily for use as revenue maps to confer ownership rights had been undertaken by SOI in the past one-two years.

Based on these maps, property cards have been issued to citizens in Sonari village and in SIRSI village. The pilot phase would be extended to Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand covering one lakh villages.

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