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Saath Baara Utara: Mumbai to scrap 7/12 land ownership document

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The suburban collector’s office in Mumbai has decided to extradite 7/12 extract from Mumbai which tells the crucial information about the landowner. Famously known in Marathi as ‘Saath Baara Utara’ the document was introduced in the early 20th century in which the name of the owner, the area of the land were given. The decision came after the state govt decided to scrap 7/12 extracts in all urban areas of Maharashtra. In state, every plot has a city survey number and it is the beginning of the expulsion from Mumbai.

As per mentioned in Marathi local newspaper Loksatta, the suburban collector Sachin Surve said, there are 87,000 7/12 quotes from Dahisar to Bandra and Mulund to Kurla. Of these 58,000 have already been cancelled, and the property cards of the owners of the place have been received. As per Kurve, as most agricultural plots in Mumbai were converted for the non-agricultural purpose a decade ago, it doesn’t make any sense to continue the document anymore.

It is also said that, in rural areas, there was a very important criterion for how much land has been used to prove the man’s credit. The 7/12 extract is a part of the land ownership register maintained by the state revenue department. It has the survey number of the land, the name of the owner, its cultivator, the type of cultivation, transfer of land from one owner to another etc. The land title document is an essential document to establish clear title and ownership and is used widely in all rural and semi-rural land deals.