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KDA without computerised land records after 62 years

Lethargy of KDA officials slows down digitalisation process, says director-general

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 20, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
Posted: Apr 20, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

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The Karachi Development Authority has yet to succeed in computerising its land records even after existing for 62 years.

It creates problems for the allottees as most of the land files have been allotted to more than one person.

In January, KDA made an attempt to computerise its land record, but the process has since made matters worse for both, the public and KDA employees.

The initiative to go digital has minimised the recoveries made by KDA to a great extent as the authority had stopped issuing challans for land transfers, mutation and other services. The monthly recovery went down from Rs120 million to a meager Rs10 million. This affects the monthly salary of the authority’s employees.

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A “certain” mafia is creating obstacles in computerising the land records, KDA Director-General Abdul Qadeer Mangi told SAMAA Digital. He, however, did not mention details about the mafia. He said the authority would clean up the mafia.

“Work on computerising the land record is 20% complete,” Mangi said, adding that it will take several more months for full completion of the process. “Digitalisation is necessary,” he said, adding that all new transactions are being done electronically.

The KDA DG admitted that the computerisation process is slow because of a lack of resources and funds and the lethargy of KDA officials.

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