J Anilkumar, from Bengaluru, decided to purchase a flat worth Rs 25 lakh on the city’s outskirts. He wasn’t sure whether the land was legit. Following a friend’s tip, he downloaded Karnataka government’s Dishaank app that helps you find a property’s survey number and tells you whether the property is on a lakebed, forest land or government land.
He found the flats were on a lakebed and dropped the purchase plan.
Radhakrishna of Davanagere decided to buy agriculture land worth Rs 2.5 crore. On spot inspection, the app told him the property was not under the survey number the seller had provided. He called off the deal and filed a complaint.
These are sample cases which show how digitisation of land records in Karnataka has helped the people. “Less than a year after its launch, Dishaank app has 4.3 lakh downloads. No other government app has been as big a hit,’’ said Munish Moudgil, commissioner of survey, settlement and land records.
Thousands of people use the app daily for buying, selling or managing agricultural property. The Karnataka government launched the app that uses the 1960 survey maps. It helps locate all survey numbers, even those in remote areas. It can distinguish between agriculture and non-agricultural properties.
App data not legally tenable, say experts
The app helps you ascertain whether the survey number in the khata certificate is accurate. It tells you the location you’re standing on is a road, lake, raja kaluve, government land or gomal land,” a senior official who has worked on the app told TOI.
The department prepared a referral app after three years of groundwork by uploading over 80 lakh survey numbers. The map is indicative and shows boundary demarcation of each survey number with a 20-30 metre scale difference.
Experts said the app’s results cannot be considered a legal document.
Karnataka was the first Indian state to computerise land records under ‘Bhoomi Project’, followed by Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Karnataka plans to introduce property cards, authenticating ownership details, area and location, apart from mapping plots.
Making land records available to all and checking frauds was the main aim. It also initiated computerisation of all land records, including mutations, transparency in land record maintenance system, digitise maps and surveys, update all settlement records and minimise land disputes.
Digitisation will also provide clear titles of ownership that can be monitored easily by government officials to facilitate quick transactions.