Geospatial mapping for wakf properties
Centre for Good Governance's insight:
HYDERABAD: The state government plans to take up geospatial mapping of wakf properties in AP. In a joint meeting held recently last Wednesday with officials from National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), AP State Remote Sensing Application Centre (APSRSAC), National Informatics Centre (NIC) and Centre for Good Governance (CGG), the minorities welfare department (MWD) said it will take up electronic and geospatial mapping of the 72,000 wakf properties which include mosques, dargahs, chillas, eidgahs and ashoorkhanas. "The project will begin with a few wakf institutions from the city being electronically mapped on a trial basis. The concerned government agencies will submit a report within 15 days after which the project will go ahead full steam in various districts of the state," said a MWD official, who did not wish to be nameds.
Electronic metadata sheets will show details of each wakf institution including the extent and nature of land endowed to it, name of its mutawalli (custodian) and survey numbers, apart from other details.
Survey commissioner of wakf Mirza Hasan Ali Baig has been entrusted with bringing the plan to fruition.tnn