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Maharashtra- Land title bill may have to wait a while

The change in regime in the state has cast a shadow on the passage of the land titling bill, nearly cleared by the previous government.

Sources in the revenue department had claimed that the entire process was likely to be delayed because the new government had yet to allot portfolios to ministers. The bill would have to be put forth before the new government for its passage, said another source in the revenue department.

Officials stated that the bill could be discussed in the upcoming winter session of the assembly. But its passage was likely to take time with the new government formation.

The six-day winter session is slated from December 16.

The land title bill proposes to make all land records available in one office to give people easier access to information. At present, records pertaining to immovable properties are available with different agencies like registration department, and survey and land records department.

The previous Maharashtra state government had released a draft land titling act last year in June. But the erstwhile cabinet could not clear it because of the elections.

Under the proposed bill, the title registration officer would carry out the process of preparing, maintaining and updating land title register. Revenue officials stated that it would enable ease of doing business and bring about transparency in the process.

At present, it is left to an individual to ascertain the title of a property.


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