Lahore: The Punjab government is set to launch a World Bank (WB)-funded urban land record management project to enhance land documentation, news sources reported on January 6.
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The Urban Land System, which will be completed by the Punjab Land Revenue Authority (PLRA), will replace the traditional manual land maintenance system and involve the scanning of ‘Massavi’ (details of land ownership) inevery Khasra across the province. The Board of Revenue (BoR) has written a letter to the deputy commissioner of Rawalpindi to complete the scanning of maps in 460 mouzas (villages) by January 9, as a team will visit the district headquarters to check it. The government has also been directed to recreate the missing maps and details of property ownership. To end unnecessary delays in disposing of land-related cases, a special cell has been set up in the commissioner’s office for hearing public complaints. Citizens can now file cases in the Commissioner’s office without having to go to Lahore, and the facility to hear cases through a video link has also been provided.
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It is important to recall that the WB has provided PLRA with USD 150 million for the digitisation of Urban Land System in the province. According to the policy measure, the project would help deter land grabbing and encourage productive land use.