Govt says it need 4 yrs to implement Bhu-Aadhaar project in Kerala

Arun Sabu

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New Delhi: The Union Government has announced that the Unique Land Parcel Identification Number (ULPIN), part of the Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme (DILRMP), will be implemented by March 2024. However, the Kerala Government has informed that it needs at least four years to implement the Bhu-Aadhaar project citing practical difficulties.

The state informed its stand on the matter while attending the ‘Bhumi Samvaad – IV: National Conference on Digitizing and Geo-referencing India with Bhu-Aadhaar (ULPIN)’ convened by the Ministry of Rural Development in New Delhi.

The Bhu-Aadhaar or ULPIN project, being implemented by the Department of Land Resources, will be the world’s largest database on land ownership, said Union minister Giriraj Singh. Through the project, the government is aiming to end land disputes and legal hurdles.

He added that once the digitization process of land records and registration is complete, it will help mitigate the huge pendency of court cases involving land disputes. The GDP loss to the country’s economy is about 1.3% due to projects being stalled over litigation involving land disputes. A study says 66% of all Civil suits in India are related to land or property disputes, and the average pendency of a land acquisition dispute is 20 years.

Ajay Tirkey, Secretary of the Department of Land Resources (DoLR), said that the computerization of land registrations is 94% complete and 9 crore land parcels are now included in Bhu-Aadhaar.

Further, the land records will be available in 22 languages shortly. The Bhu-Aadhaar will be a move towards the Government’s agenda of Citizen-Centric Governance which will help achieve the target of India being a $5 Trillion economy.

Meanwhile, the Kerala Government's integrated land portal 'Ente Bhoomi' will be fully operational with the completion of the digital resurvey of land. The project is implemented in all 14 districts, and the first phase will have 200 revenue villages. The government aims to complete the survey within the next four years. The public could access land details and avail various services using the Integrated Land Records Management system(ILRMS).

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