Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Re-survey: Little Rann to be mapped for first time

Express News Service; Wednesday, Apr 28, 2010
It will take place in Ahmedabad, Anand, Sabarkantha, Rajkot, Kutch and Gandhinagar
The re-survey of land parcels across rural areas of Gujarat will survey the Little Rann of Kutch for the first time. As of now, Little Rann has no survey number.
Earlier, the state government had accepted that it has no data regarding the survey of the 5,000-sq km area in Kutch district, which is known for the Asiatic Wild Ass.
This came as response to an RTI query filed by an Ahmedabad activist, who said that the public information officers (PIOs) of the Revenue Department, Office of the Settlement Commissioner & Director of Land Records, and the office of the District Inspector of Land Records (DILR) were unable to give the survey number of Little Rann.
“We brought the order to the notice of Settlement Commissioner in Gandhinagar. The survey will provide them a chance to find out the number,” said Harinesh Pandya of Mahiti Adhikar Gujarat Pahel.
The state government has decided to re-survey almost every tiny land parcel in Gujarat, in order to determine encroachments, changes that have taken place over the years.
“We will survey each and every parcel in Kutch, including the Little Rann. Though it is up to the state government to take it on record, but it is our job to survey the area,” said an official from the Settlement Commissioner and Directorate of Land Revenue, on condition of anonymity.
The re-survey will take place in over 65,000-sq km area in Ahmedabad, Anand, Sabarkantha, Rajkot, Kutch and Gandhinagar, said an official in the department.
The project, which is being carried out under the National Land Records Modernisation Programme of the Government of India, was initially launched in 2008-09 in Jamnagar and Patan districts. Fifty per cent of funds for the project will come from the Centre.

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