A lot of organizations are becoming computerised. Just recently, it was decided by the authorities to digitalise the government hospitals in Punjab for the facilitation of the patients. Other than this, a digital system was introduced to monitor the petrol pumps and the CNG stations easily. The record of the Session Court is also becoming digitalized. Now, it’s time for the Pakistan Railways to maintain a computerised record of its lands.
Pakistan Railways is all set to adopt the Land Record Management Information System (LRMIS). After Eid-ul-Fitr, the entire record of the lands owned by the Pakistan Railways will become computerised. In this regard, Pakistan Railways has signed an agreement with the Urban Unit of the Punjab government.
The purpose of creating the advanced land management system for Pakistan Railways is to assist the officials in locating the accurate places of the department’s lands, which are situated across the country. With the digitalised system, it would be possible to check the ownership, exact location and condition of the Pakistan Railways property and land.
Slum settlements on Pakistan Railways’ lands
It is important to mention here that a large part of the railways land is under the illegal possession of ordinary people. Slum settlements on railways land is a big issue. A lot of people are living on the property of the railways without paying anything.
These lands are not registered in the name of any individual but of Pakistan Railways. A significant piece of land owned by the Railways is adversely occupied in Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Multan, Sukkur, Karachi and Quetta.
According to The News International, Railways is trying hard to win the “Title of Land” in the name of the railways from the provinces and the work on the project has already been under progress on the directions of the Minister for Railways. The work on Title of Land has almost been completed in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and authorities of other provinces are also being contacted in this regard.