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BENGALURU: The Karnataka High Court has ordered the state government to appoint an IAS officer as the nodal officer to coordinate with various city departments and agencies to prepare a dashboard where the public can access and check with all kinds property details.

This order came in a petition where a builder attempted to “take advantage of certain shortcomings in the manner and methodology of numbering”. A fine of Rs 1 lakh was imposed on Vandana Infra Estates who filed the petition.

In addition to dismissing the petition, the court ordered the government to come to an arrangement with the coordination of the revenue department, urban development department, urban development authorities, town planning authorities, municipal authorities and municipal corporations , etc., in association with the e – governance department.

The court said the nodal officer “will consolidate and cross-check the survey number with sub-numbers, if any, Khane-Shumari (block identification) numbers, house list number, panchayat khata village serial/ number, khata numbers, e-khata number, municipal numbers, city municipal khata number/city municipal khata number, municipal khata number, CTS number, Chalta number, BDA/Urban Development Authority site number, Karnataka Housing Board site number, Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board plot number, private development site number, as already assigned and updated as future awards are made.”

All of these will be available on a dashboard that “should be available to everyone for cross-reference. Combined dialing is to be hosted on the web in all relevant departments,” the HC said.

A Detailed Project Report (DPR) will be prepared and submitted to the court within eight weeks, Judge Suraj Govindaraj said in his July 5 judgment. Although the builder’s motion was denied, the court will hear the motion again on September 26 to verify the DPR.

The builder had appealed to court against an order from the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) for the demolition of a building he had erected. The builder claimed that the land belonged to him based on a certain ‘Khaneshumari’ number assigned by the panchayat. However, it turned out that the BDA had acquired the said land and that the builder had purchased adjoining land.

The confusion between the Khaneshumari number and the Khatha number assigned by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and survey numbers was used by the petitioner to claim the land, the HC said, imposing the cost.

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