In a bid to enable Bangaloreans to know if their property is situated on a storm water drain or ‘raja kaluve’, the Real Estate Research Initiative of Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB-RERI), has launched a web-based portal – www.rajakaluve.org – in partnership with the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

In order to avail the service, users need to have the survey number, village, hobli and taluka details as per the schedule in the registration document.

IIMB-RERI is also collaborating with a citizen initiative, www.mapshalli.org, to provide a Google map-based searching capability for areas where detailed maps are available.
The project started with 50 villages around Whitefield, now they are able to expand to 350 villages to help citizens using modern technology.

“There is a general fear, fuelled by a lack of information, among citizens on whether their properties encroach important water bodies like ‘raja kaluves’. Through this effort, we hope to alleviate some of those fears by making information easy to access for all,” said Professor Venkatesh Panchapagesan, Head of IIMB-RERI.

Currently, information on encroachments is available on government websites. However, these details are often provided only in the text embedded within survey drawings released by government agencies.

IIMB-RERIs first of a series of such public service is expected to boost empowerment of citizens.

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