Uthiramerur in Kancheepuram district and Poonamallee in Tiruvallur district have been selected as pilot taluks for the digitization of FMB (field measurement book) sketches.

A direction in this regard was issued by the principal secretary/commissioner, Survey and Settlement Department, at a meeting held in Chennai on March 25.

The scheme envisages the computerisation of land records, to help land owners keep tracks or check the status of their land holdings online, without having to make a written application or appear in person at the taluk office.

At the meeting, district-level land records department officials were asked to collect applications, along with copies of land ownership documents from land owners on or before May 10.

These applications will contain details such as a survey number, sub-division number (if any), ownership/ownership pattern, land pattern/category etc. They will be submitted to tahsildars through the respective village administrative officers.

The application will then be processed by the department officials to correlate them with the master FMB sketch (otherwise known as cadastral map) available with them.

These FMB sketches were prepared when the UDR scheme (updating of registry scheme) was announced and implemented by the late Chief Minister, M.G. Ramachandran, in the early 1980s, official sources said.

The departments will then use a software, Collabland, prepared by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), to translate base data into map forms, create and merge sub-divisions, and automatically synchronize input data into tables, and so on.

The initiative is part of the Union-government-funded ‘Computerization of Land Records’ project.