Mumbai: Property cards elude villages sans survey, land mafia rules Uttan

Bhayandar: Thousands of villagers living in the coastal belt of Uttan in Bhayandar are still waiting to get the property cards for their land which are yet to be tagged with the much needed City Survey (CTS) numbers. This despite government orders mandating civic bodies to survey villages and tag properties with CTS numbers.

In 2008, the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation had appointed a private agency to survey all revenue villages and gaothans in its jurisdiction mainly Navghar, Goddev, Khari, Penkarpada, Kashi Versave, Chene, Laxmi Baug, Ghodbunder, Uttan, Chowk, Pali, Dongri and Tarodi.

However, owing to strong opposition from locals of five villages including Uttan, Chowk, Pali, Dongri and Tarodi, the survey had failed to take off. After much reluctance, the villagers agreed and the civic body passed a fresh resolution in February, this year for recommencement of the survey. However, since then nothing has moved ahead.

“Until, officials from the revenue wing, land settlement and records are roped in to chalk out a road map to conduct the survey, nothing is going to move ahead,” said an official requesting anonymity. Due to the absence of CTS numbers, villagers are not only deprived of official permissions to repair or reconstruct their ancestral homes, but a section of illiterate locals, especially tribals and poor fishermen, have become vulnerable targets of land sharks. The City Survey record for each individual parcel of land has to be created and given a particular number which is known as City Survey number

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