CUTTACK: The Cuttack district administration has decided to launch online land mutation in four tehsils from April 1 to expedite the process. The e-mutation will start as a pilot project in Cuttack Sadar, Athagarh, Banki and Kantapada.
Mutation is a mandatory process to ensure transfer of title during sale of land.
The National Informatics Centre has developed a software for the project. "We have imparted special training to tehsildars, revenue inspectors and officials of tehsils to ensure proper implementation of the e-mutation," said ADM (revenue), Cuttack, Bibhuti Das.
The four tehsil offices have been upgraded with computers and internet facility, claimed Das. The online facility aims at providing relief to sellers and buyers. Officials claimed the online system would help check unfair practices and frauds.
At present, a person has to go through tedious and lengthy procedures to get the land titles changed. One has to do the rounds of sub-registrar, revenue inspector and tehsildar offices several times.
Das said currently the entire record of land is maintained manually. So the mutation application has to be verified by revenue inspectors, record keepers, tehsildars and sub-registrar staff, and a lot of time is consumed in the entire process.
"Sale and purchase of land in the four tehsils will be digitized. Land records can be accessed online. The mechanism will not only lessen paper work but also help get the mutation done within a stipulated time," added Das. After assessing the success, the project will be extended to other tehsils.
The district has 15 tehsils. Besides, the administration has also decided to carry out land survey and settlement in the district in a hi-tech manner. The Odisha Special Survey and Settlement Act was enacted in 2012. According to it, the survey of a revenue village has to be carried out by adopting modern technology.
The act said the land survey and settlement methods should be based on satellite imagery, aerial photography and differential global positioning system, but it was not followed properly in the district. The administration has geared up to ensure implementation of the act in letter and spirit, official sources said.