PLRA launches express counters for applicants to book space

FAISALABAD: The Punjab Land Records Authority (PLRA) has launched the project of Express Counters for people to book their space at the Faisalabad Land Record Centre before their visit.

Similar counters will be set up at other divisional headquarters in Lahore, Gujranwala, Multan, DG Khan, Bahawalpur, Sargodha, Rawalpindi and Sahiwal within a couple of days.

The citizens would avail the service by calling the authority helpline to obtain the advance booking. For obtaining Fard (ownership document) through express counters; processing fee is Rs1,500 while transfer processing fee is Rs5,000. Both fees will be additional to the existing charges.

Faizan Elahi Zaheer, a representative of the authority, said the Express Counters at the land record center would save the citizens` time. He said the time for the counters would be 3pm to 7 pm and the Land Record director and officer would be available during this time to verify the required procedures.

As per the procedure, the citizens would appear before the authority`s officers on the scheduled time. Then the officer concerned would proceed with issuance of Fard (ownership document) or Intigal (mutation document) as per the procedure, he said and added that the initiative had been taken to provide working class people with a hassle-free opportunity to avail the ARC services. With the evening timing of the Express Counters, the applicants would be able to continue with their office or business routine, he claimed.

Mr Zaheer said due to the great number of people at the land record center, the applicants had to wait for long hours to avail their service, wasting their entire day there.

The authority has also signed an agreement with the National Data Record Authority (NADRA) according to which 3,700 E-Sahulat Centers of NADRA around the province would also issue Fards. Mr. Zaheer said the land record of 23,162 mauzas (revenue states) of total 60 tehsils of the province had been successfully stored in the central database while previously, the data of the land record was only available with the relevant land record centers. After the centralization of the land record, the entire data from 151 land record centers had been safely secured at the PLRA Data Centre in Lahore.

To ensure the safety of the record, a backup storage facility has also been established in Islamabad where the entire data has been stored. In case of any untoward incident, the data of entire land record of 151 land record centers can be retrieved from the backup storage facility within minutes. Previously, the automation and now centralization of the land record have completely eliminated the risk of any sort of tampering with the land record data. The centralization not only protects the land record but also the ownership right of the people. Staff Correspondent