Land records to be viewable online after 3 months

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Aug 7, 2014-

Land records at the five Land Revenue Offices (LRO) in the Kathmandu valley will likely be viewable online within the next three months. The Department of Land Reforms and Management (DoLRM) said it was all set to implement the Land Records Information Management System (LRIMS) at the LROs in Dilli Bazaar, Chabahil, Kalanki, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur which will enable property owners to view the official land records from the comfort of their homes.

According to the department, over 90 percent of the work has been completed at the five LROs. Apart from the LROs, the department too will be online.

Though the task of getting the LROs online was originally scheduled to be completed by July-end, several technical hurdles including data accumulation forced the department to push back the date.

The government has planned the get the five LROs online by November under the ICT Development Project funded by the Asian Development Bank.

Nine others LROs at Baglung, Banke, Morang, Chitwan, Dhading, Kaski, Kavre, Makwanpur and Parsa will go online by December, according to the department.  

Once the land records go online, property owners can view information regarding their land from their homes. The system will eliminate the hassle of visiting the LROs to get details of their land plots including the revenue they will have to pay or have paid.

“We will complete the LRIMS project in Kathmandu within three months while it will be completed at the other nine LROs by December,” said Tej Raj Pandey, director general at the department.

The data migration or accumulation task is being conducted at the LROs outside the Kathmandu valley. All the LROs have been provided the required logistics and hardware. According to Pandey, the main reason behind the delayed project is the contractor company failing to complete the data entry within the designated time.

Apart from this, another issue that has delayed the project is the need to convert the data in Preeti font to Unicode after the government designated it as the formally recognized font.  

RMSI, a company based in India, has been awarded the contract to implement the project. An agreement worth $ 1.365 million was signed between the DoLRM and RMSI on April 1, 2013.

Among the five LROs based in Kathmandu, the implementation of LRIMS at Kalanki has been accelerated.

“We will start piloting the project from Kalanki LRO within the third week of August,” said Pandey.

Though the Bhaktapur LRO had been selected for piloting the project initially, it was replaced by Kalanki since things have been moving faster there.    

Meanwhile, the DoLRM has been working on legal amendments to enable it to start the online system.

Published: 08-08-2014 09:23

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