App to give info on land, plot number to buyers in Bengaluru

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Eyeing a piece of land but unsure of buying it? Soon, finding out details of land records will be as easy as booking a cab on your smartphone – thanks to an app that will be unveiled in the next few weeks. All you need to do is key in your name and mobile number.

BENGALURU: Eyeing a piece of land but unsure of buying it? Soon, finding out details of land records will be as easy as booking a cab on your smartphone thanks to an app that will be unveiled in the next few weeks. All you need to do is key in your name and mobile number.

For instance, if you’re sipping a cuppa at an MG Road cafe and use the app, you will get the plot number of the place via SMS and know whether it’s a government or private property.

The government is in the final stages of testing the app, with officials at the survey, settlement and land records department already using it. The app is like an android application but the back-end work of syncing details of land records has been a mammoth task and is being verified.

Munish Moudgil, commissioner, survey, settlement and land records department, said: “The app will use longitude and latitude details from GPS coordinates and give citizens the requisite information. Not only will it benefit them during transactions, but also help government officials who now have to go back to dusty files to check records.”

The app is meant to serve a twofold purpose. “…One, to give government officials from various departments easy access to information on land so they can do their job without having to rummage through their desks. Second, it aims to help citizens,” he said.

It will come in handy for those looking at buying land they’ll get to know if someone is trying to sell them government land or if it is the right survey number.

HomeShikari’s View – by P.Sunder, CEO

It’s a good first step towards transparency. But the devil is in the details and its execution. Poor execution and if the data is not updated properly can cause even more confusion and chaos. Plus data security and privacy of info has to be considered while sharing such information so that it cannot be misused. We hope the department has thought through it.

Courtesy:Economic Times(Bangalore).

      
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