The government of Punjab has got the plans of starting a project to computerise the urban land records in the province as previously only the record of rural areas had been computerised.
The government has formed a high-level committee to review the advantages and disadvantages of the project.
The committee would be led by the chairman of the planning and development department whereas the secretaries of the finance, local government, P&D, Auqaf, housing, director generals of the Lahore Development Authority (PLRA) and the member of Board of Revenue (BoR) have been chosen as its member.
As per sources, the committee has been given the task by the chief minister of Punjab with the suggestions of providing immediate availability of the land records, other related issues and surveys. In light of the committee’s report, the plan would be finalised, as revealed by the sources.
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The record of agricultural rural land has already been maintained by the PLRA throughout the province via the tehsil-level Arazi Record Centres (ARCs).
The sources informed that as the computerization of the urban areas land record is a tedious task hence the project has been deferred to the next phase.
Unplanned urbanisation has been the biggest hindrance towards the digitalisation of records in these areas.
A spokesperson of the PLRA told local media the government of Punjab had now recommended to introduce the project for the protection of the land ownership against fraud and for assuring transparency.
He further said that the urban land record digitalisation in the province was domineering for bringing system on a balance with the international standards.