Unsurveyed inhabited areas in the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) of Assam will be mapped using drones. 

The exercise of mapping the unsurveyed inhabited areas in Assam’s BTR will facilitate authorities in modernising its land record system. 

On Tuesday, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed among Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), Assam government and Survey of India to extend SVAMITVA (Survey of villages and mapping with improvised technology in village areas) scheme to the BTR. 

The MoU was signed by Director of Land Records and Surveys, Assam – Gyanendra Dev Tripathi, BTC principal secretary – Shantanu Gotmare and Venkateswara Rao, Director, Assam and Nagaland, GDC, in the presence of several top officials. 

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“The survey by drones will be followed by generation of GIS map to enable detailed spatial database of property with a view to providing property cards to owners for leveraging land as a financial asset,” an official release said. 

Meanwhile, Assam chief secretary Jishnu Barua said the initiative would be a path-breaking step in ascertaining “clear ownership” of land. 

He further urged all stakeholders to work in close collaboration. 

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