HYDERABAD: After initial hiccups, the 'Anywhere Registration' of property project is back on the rails. The Stamps and Registrations department is all set to launch the project in two more districts, Medak and Nalgonda, on Monday. Sources said by the end of June, the facility will be available throughout the state.
The 'Anywhere Registration' of property project allows a citizen to register his or her property in any of the Sub-Registrar Offices (SROs) within the district. The facility has several advantages for the state as well as the property owner, including convenience, simplification of the process as the citizen can get the property registered at an office where there is no rush, and even distribution of work as far as the state is concerned. As per the existing system, a property can be registered only at the sub-registrar office where its jurisdiction falls.
In all, there are 432 SROs spread across 38 financial districts in the state. On an experimental basis, the state launched the 'Anywhere Registration' of property facility in Hyderabad district on February 1, 2013, and in Rangareddy district on March 1. Rangareddy district, which continues to witness the maximum property transactions in the state, has 34 SROs with the one at Qutuballapur the busiest. Hyderabad has 11 SROs. "The project is a big success, as within a short time, we found that about 11% of the total property registrations were intra-district, meaning taking place at other SROs than where the property was located," said Vinod Kumar Agarwal, principal secretary, stamps and registrations, revenue department. In Hyderabad district, sleepy SROs like the one in Charminar began registering about 1,200 registrations a month as against the earlier 400 registrations.
However, the expansion was opposed by the sub-registrars, who claimed that the project has many pitfalls, and should not be extended to other districts unless the issues are addressed and sorted out. It is common knowledge that the maximum corruption takes place in the stamps and registrations department in view of the land deals with the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) sleuths trapping nearly one case on a daily basis there. "There was opposition to the project from several 'lucrative' SROs as they stand to lose the revenue that goes into their pockets once the registrations take place in other offices," said sources.
Determined to stall the project, The AP Sub-Registrars Association met stamps and registration minister Thota Narasimham on March 13. Following their representation, the minister issued orders suspending the expansion of the project to other districts with effect from March 15 until a department study report addressed the issues raised by the sub-registrars and submitted a report suggesting ways and means to fix it. In all, the sub-registrars had raised six points.
First of the objection was that in Hyderabad and Rangareddy, where the project is in place, the SRO where the registration is taking place is not obtaining the consent of the SRO concerned (where the jurisdiction of the property falls) before registering the property. To this, the study report maintained that details of all properties are available online and therefore, there was no need to secure the consent of the SRO concerned before the property is registered.
Secondly, the sub-registrars contended that in the 'Anywhere Registration' facility, the owner's name, survey number, extent of the property and classification are not detailed and that this can give rise to double registration. But, according to the study report, in the existing system too, the owner's name and extent of the property are not recorded. Therefore, double registration is not an issue unique to the new facility, it was stated.
Based on the findings of the study report, minister Narasimham okayed the extension of the project to other districts in the second week of May and the department on Saturday issued orders for launching "Anywhere Registration" of property in Medak and Nalgonda from Monday.
A hassle-free property registration
The 'Anywhere Registration' project allows a citizen to register his or her property in any of the Sub-Registrar Offices (SROs) within the district.
The project was launched on an experimental basis in Hyderabad and Rangareddy districts earlier this year.
It proved to be a huge success with number of registrations in a 'sleepy SRO' like Charminar going up from 400 in a month to about 1,200 now.
However, following complaints from several 'lucrative' SROs against the project, stamps and registration minister Thota Narasimham on March 15 suspended the project and sought a departmental report.
Following the study report, the project is to be launched in Medak and Nalgonda districts on Monday, and later extended to all districts in the state.