Gandhinagar: The Gujarat government plans to make property cards compulsory for some 1.25 crore properties in urban areas - the state's eight municipal corporations and all its municipalities. Right now, less than 20% of property-holders have a property card as the Record of Right (RoR), the key document to ascertain ownership title for the property.
Property cards are issued by local authorities to establish ownership in cities while for rural areas the RoR, known as the 7/12 extract, is issued as a government-certified property ownership title. However, due to the lack of manpower and other issues at city survey offices, property cards have not been issued for all properties. For legal and purchase-sale purposes, the 7/12 extract and index 6 are still used, even in cities. The state government will soon launch a drive to issue property cards for all properties in urban areas.
A key official in the state revenue department said: "Despite the government making property cards mandatory as the RoR in urban areas, for various reasons, in practice the 7/12 extract is still used, which is actually meant for agricultural land only. To prevent property-related fraud and to give people authentic title to urban properties, property cards are necessary. The government has decided to launch a massive drive to issue around 1.05 crore property cards in urban areas, including "urban outgrowth areas", as classified by the last census."
"At present, there is no physical verification of properties. During the drive, all registered properties in city areas will be physically verified for authentication. The new property cards will mostly be in the smartcard format, as well as in paper format. We also plan to put photos and maps of each property on the smart property card. The Aadhaar card of property owners will be linked to property cards soon. All district collectors will be issued special instructions in this regard very soon," the official added.