Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy, on 31 August, directed officials to conduct a comprehensive land survey from 1 January 2021 and complete it by August 2023. This is the first land survey being conducted after 1930.

During a review meeting held here on Monday, the Chief Minister instructed officials to increase the number of survey teams from the current 4,500 and set up drones, rovers, marking stones, and base stations for a comprehensive land survey to start from 1 January. The marking stones should have a special design, he told officials.

In addition to these, the Chief Minister also directed officials to provide land registration services in all village secretariats across the state for quick redressal and update of records. Mobile tribunals should be pressed into service for quick disposal of disputes on the spot, he said, adding that all equipment for the survey should be made available at the village secretariats. Surveyors should be trained in the latest technology, Jagan said.

He also said that the survey should begin simultaneously in all mandals and emphasised on creating awareness among the people through gram sabhas, village secretariats, and hoardings.

Meanwhile, the officials said that Andhra Pradesh will be the first state in the country to take up a comprehensive land survey using the latest technology. In regard to the survey, all staff members will undergo training, including technical sessions. All survey details will be updated online on a regular basis directly from the rover, they said.

The pilot survey project conducted at Takkellapadu in Jaggayapeta mandal in Krishna district revealed that the count of survey numbers was more than the landholdings. The number of landholdings has gone up from 182 to 631 while the count of survey numbers went up to 829, the officials said.

The officials said that necessary steps were being taken to solve the pending land disputes. While 52,866 disputes are pending in revenue courts, a drive has been taken up to rectify 79,405 issues pertaining to webland, the officials said.

Deputy Chief Minister Dharmana Krishnadas, chief secretary Nilam Sawhney, CCLA special chief secretary Neerabh Prasad, commissioner of stamps and registration Siddarth Jain, and other officials took part in the review meeting.

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