Hoping to prevent scams like the Adarsh Co-operative Housing
Society, the Maharashtra government is contemplating measures
likes satellite mapping of all prime properties in Mumbai and
determining their exact status and ownership.
According to a high-ranking government official, the proposal
involves satellite mapping of all prime areas ranging from Cuffe
Parade, Colaba, Nariman Point, Worli, Wadala, Bandra, Andheri,
Jogeshwari, Goregaon, Borivli and other suburbs.
After mapping of the properties, the authorities would determine
the exact ownership nature - whether they are private properties,
or owned by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, or state
government properties, or owned by central government departments
The official said that after determining the exact ownership
nature, the government plans to make proper maps of the same,
prepare the ownership proof and then issue property cards to the
The authorities would also keep electronic copies of all relevant
documents connected with each prime property in the city to
prevent theft or misplacing of important papers after the Adarsh
episode in which four documents are reported missing.
Surprisingly, till now, no accurate maps of any prime property are
available for Mumbai - which boasts of among the highest property
rates in the world.
The current practice is that individual maps are drawn for each
prime property which has to be allotted for different purposes
like public and private housing, infrastructure projects or public
Once the entire process of mapping and ownership is completed, the
government would also get a correct indication of the exact
'stock' of open, occupied or encroached prime properties available
in the city, instead of relying on rough estimates, the official
Similar mapping with relevant documents of all prime properties in
the remaining 34 districts in the state has already been