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Mumbai dumps Saat Baara Utara 7/12 land ownership document

The suburban Mumbai collector’s office has decided to scrap the iconic 7/12 extract, a crucial document for any landowner. Popularly known in Marathi as ‘Saat Baara Utara’, the document was introduced in the early 20th century and gives information like the name of a plot’s owner, its area and its cultivator—it is thus a record of agricultural land. The suburban collector’s decision is in line with the state government’s plan to scrap 7/12 extracts in all urban areas of Maharashtra, where every plot now has a city survey number.

Suburban collector Sachin Kurve informed that there are currently 87,000 Saat Baara Utara records between Bandra and Dahisar and from Kurla to Mulund. Of these, 58,000 have been done away with after tallying them with the property cards of landowners. Kurve said that since most agricultural plots in Mumbai were converted for non-agricultural purpose decades ago, it does not make sense to continue with the 7/12 document anymore. At the beginning of the last century, much of the land in Mumbai’s suburbs was used for cultivation and thus the prevalence of Saat Baara Utaras, meant only for agriculture land.

Kurve said that for long, a land owner in Mumbai had to produce both property card as well as the 7/12 document. “Only a property card to prove land ownership in urban areas should suffice,” said Kurve.

“The document must tally with the city survey number of the land. If there are discrepancies, then we cannot scrap the 7/12 extract.”

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