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4 States ready to give GISt of land data

 

NEW DELHI: Telangana, Gujarat, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh are among a few states that have come on board the government’s plan to create a land data bank, wherein states share details of land available for investment through the geographic information system (GIS).

Budget 2020-21 has provided for pre-investment advisory and information related to land banks, besides facilitating clearances, in order to attract higher investment and increase ease of doing business in India.

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday announced the setting up of an investment clearance cell that will provide “end to end” facilitation and support to investors. The cell will work through a portal, and provide pre-investment advisory, information related to land banks and facilitate clearances at the central and state levels, among other services.

“States such as Telangana, Gujarat, Punjab and UP are some of the initial states working on this with us,” the official added.

Some states already offer real-time information on industrial land, availability of plots and location-specific attributes in terms of connectivity, rail and road linkages and other utilities through GIS. The system also provides information about existing industries as well as physical, health and educational infrastructure available in the vicinity of the land, along with details about vacant plots and land rates.

Gujarat, Punjab, Maharshtra and Odisha are some states to have implemented such investor-facilitation portals.

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) and the Department of Land Resources plan to discuss complete cadastral mapping of all plots, timely disposal of property disputes and making statistics of land disputes public, in a move to make it easier to do business in India.

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