The newly introduced online registration of property card is an effort to bring in more transparency and speed up property dealings
In the view to make property dealings trouble-free and faster, the government has introduced a new service by providing online registration of the property card. The advantage can be taken by those having their properties in the 19 revenue divisions of the Mumbai city district which include Fort, Lower Parel, Colaba, Dadar Naigaon, Worli, Matunga, Malabar – Cumballa Hill, Bhuleshwar, Parel and Sewri, Girgaon, Mahim, Mazgaon, Dharavi, Byculla, Mandvi, Tardeo, Sion, Salt pan and Princess Dock.
The system will help to issue a computerised property card thereby recording details of all property transactions in the city. It will also help in maintaining the history of the property and tracking mode of acquisitions and land classification.
Property registration refers to the registration or document changes in ownership and transactions involving immovable property. Whenever one purchases a piece of land or immovable property, one needs to register the same with the authority concerned, so that a legal ownership title is guaranteed. This greatly reduces risk of fraud and helps solve disputes easily, in addition to creating and maintaining an up-to-date public record. The introduction of an online system will bring in advantages in the form of more speed and efficiency, save time; avoid going from counter to counter and reduce frequent visits to the collectorate office.
Ramesh Prabhu, CA and Chairman, Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association (MSWA), says, “Online registration of the property card is a good move, as one will not have to visit the city survey office each time to check the property records. With the
process being made online, one just needs to know property details like the division and Cadastral survey number (C S No) and follow the process on the system to get his copy of property registration card. Earlier one had to pay several visits to the city survey office to get his property card by paying fees of around Rs 200 to 500. Now, with the process being made online it is cheaper and
An official at the district collectorate office confirms the applicant can get the card at the office or even by post within three days as soon as the applicant meets all criteria mentioned on the site ( http://mumbaicity.nic.in ) and with fees of around Rs 50. In addition, the consumer should clear all his liabilities.
High Court advocate Uday B Wavikar, says, “The idea of an online system for property registration card seems to be promising. In the old process the documents were not easily available, records were not regularly updated which resulted in complication and delays even in court proceedings. The online system will help to bring in more simplicity, foster easy availability of records and cross-check property details to avoid future risk, thereby fastening the process. This can be surely be a boon to the consumers but it fairly depends upon its implementation and user friendliness.”
Under the computerised system, registration is easy. It facilitates transparency in valuation and eliminates intermediaries proving beneficial even for individual landholders and builders.
Agrees Rajesh Shah, executive director, Dosti Group, “It’s a good move in the age of computerisation. The online site will make people aware about the process to get their documents in place. As a builder, it will ensure transparency, which will benefit the consumer and safeguard their interest. Being a public document the government should be responsible in making it easily available to the public. Earlier, due to ignorance of government officials, the process was very lengthy, at times taking almost a month.”
The system seems to be a feasible solution to many who are still running from pillar to post to get their property registered.
Nitin Tawde, a consumer, says, “I got my property registration card two years earlier. At that time, the charges were nominal and it took around a month for the procedure. But now, with the online system in place, the new applicants will surely get relief from the frequent visits and unnecessary delays.”
An online system will facilitate speed and transparency in property evaluation Registration of property guarantees a legal ownership title To register property, the applicant should be free of liabilities