Gurugram civic body plans unique code for its properties to check land-grab

GURUGRAM: Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has started the process of identifying and marking its properties within the city in a bid to curb land grab cases.
A unique code will be attached to all its properties, including empty plots and buildings.
According to sources within MCG, the corporation will mark more than two-and-a-half-thousand acres of land in the city to keep a track of its assets. As of now, the corporation only has documentary records of the same. The unique codes will be updated in the MCG online database.
“Once we have identified the properties, we will generate a unique code for each property and update that in our database with the deatils of status and ownership of that property. This will help us monitor our assets in a much more efficient manner,” said an MCG official. He added that the process of identifying and marking properties had already begun and the planning wing of the corporation planned to finish the exercise in the next 15 days.
In the empty plots, MCG will also put up boards, specifying it is the corporation’s land. According to sources, MCG currently owns about 2,500 acres of land in the city and of this, at least 196 acres has been encroached upon. MCG is also thinking of ways to utilise the empty properties so that it can save them from encroachment, and also generate some revenue. Land encroachment is a major issue for the corporation as it not only leads to revenue loss but also gives it a bad name.
Additionally, the anti-encroachment drives demand a lot of manpower and other resources. Recently, a land grab case in Sector 72 landed in the National Green Tribunal (NGT). An unauthorised colony had come up on land earmarked as open space. In April, MCG had found out that around three acres of its land in the Baliawas village had been grabbed by seven people in connivance with the tehsil officials. An inquiry in the matter is currently under way.


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