Bhoomi Rashi to digitise land acquisition process

New Delhi, Jan 8: To cut short delays and avoid parking of public funds with the Competent Authority for Land Acquisition (CALA), Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has developed a web based Utility –Bhoomi Rashi to fully digitise and automate the entire process of land acquisition.

The Ministry has recently launched the Bhoomi Rashi portal. In the past years, acquisition of land for the purpose of National Highway projects, payment of compensation to the land owners were done manually by physical movement of documents in the form of files, official sources said. 
Comprehensive details, including names of 711 districts and 6,55,297 villages have been built into the system based on the population Census-2011, duly updated on the basis of revenue records of all the state governments.

The system helps in expediting the process by providing simultaneous Hindi translation and has been linked to the e-gazette for expeditious publication, they added.

With the operation of this portal, the land acquisition process has been expedited significantly, become error-free and more transparent and the notifications at every stage are being processed on real time basis. 
While the physical processing of the cases usually took considerable time, ranging from weeks to even months, and there were errors whose rectification caused further delays, the processing time using this portal has been reduced to less than two weeks in a majority of cases and even a few days in some cases.

The utility has been made more user-friendly by adding the feature of SMS services to the beneficiaries so as to enhance timeliness in dissemination of information, along with transparency, and also achieve the objective of real time tracking of activities and generation of reports, relating to land acquisition. It is, therefore, an example of resounding success of the Ministry.

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