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Digitalized system will curb land grabbing, says PM Imran Khan

The prime minister launched the cadastral map of Islamabad

Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that the use of technology in maintaining land records would curb land grabbing and help control illegal constructions in both rural and urban areas.

Imran Khan made comments at the launch ceremony of the cadastral map of Islamabad.

“Digitization and cadastral mapping of lands would ensure transparency in record and transactions, and eliminate the besetting issue of land grabbing”, said the premier while addressing the inauguration ceremony of the cadastral map of Islamabad and digitalized land record system.

The cadastral mapping system will be a game-changer

The cadastral mapping system will be a game-changer as compared to the old patwari system of land record as it will ensure monitoring of construction through imagery and provide information about land ownership.

In the first phase Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi will have a digitalized cadastral mapping system by November 2021. Digitalization of the rest of the country will be done after six months.

Imran Khan said that technology was the best systematic way of dealing with the land grabbers. He mentioned that around Rs400 billion worth of land in Islamabad was either illegally occupied or is not put to use while almost 1,000 acres of forest land was captured by encroachers.

The premier elaborated that the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) will also soon introduce a system that would give details of projects with a single click.

Imran Khan also appreciated the Capital Development Authority, Survey General of Pakistan, and other departments for completing the task successfully in a short period of time.

Chairman Naya Pakistan Housing and Develop­ment Authority (NPHA) Lt Gen Anwar Ali Haider (Retd.) briefed about the digitization and cadastral mapping of lands in Islamabad.

Key Features of the Cadastral Mapping Project:

  • Easy accessibility of property rights
  • Land conflict resolution
  • Tenure Information
  • Improved taxation and collection mechanism
  • Lesser land litigation cases
  • Reduction in corrupt practices and land grabbing

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