BHUBANESWAR: Land survey and settlement in the state is going to become hi-tech. The Assembly passed the Odisha Special Survey and Settlement Bill, 2012, on Tuesday after debating it for four days. The Bill states that it shall be deemed to come into force on July 12, 2012. According to the proposed legislation, "survey of a revenue village may be carried out by applying modern technology inclusive of base mapping, demarcation and ground realities as per the prescribed procedure".
Revenue minister S N Patro said the use of modern technology in land survey and settlement operations had become imperative as the traditional methods were cumbersome. Official sources said the new land survey and settlement methods will be based on satellite imaging, aerial photography and differential global positioning system (DGPS) and electronic total station (ETS). "The new system will be much less time consuming and more accurate compared to the conventional plain table approach," said a senior revenue department officer.
Official sources said the Union ministry of rural development under its National Land Records Management Programme shall be extending financial assistance to the state government to implement the new system for survey and settlement. The new system could involve either satellite imaging along with ground checking through DGPS or ETS or aerial photography followed by ground measurement through DGPS or ETS, sources added.
The state government has earlier his year captured satellite data of land in four districts and also undertaken a pilot project on DGPS at Giriangaput village under Bhubaneswar tahsil. "We are planning to do a pilot project of land survey based on aerial photography. Based on findings of the different methods, the government will decide on how to go about the task," an officer informed.