Thandaper’s unique system on maps to streamline land data management

The state government is ready to introduce a Unique Thandaper System (UTS) in Kerala which will provide a Unique Identification Number (UIN) to all landowners. Governor Arif Mohammed Khan’s policy speech on Friday ahead of the budget session made it clear that the UIN would end the existing system of categorizing an individual’s land holdings under multiple thandaper accounts.

The launch of the UTS is also expected to accelerate various earth-related services. Documentation procedures during sale and purchase will also be simplified. For the tax authorities, the details of the land owned by individuals will be available with a single click.


The governor’s speech also stated that an electronic stamping method will be implemented for transactions below ₹1 lakh in the coming years, in addition to ensuring electronic certified copies. The formation of online registration and filing rules is also being explored as part of the digital document enforcement platform for financial contracts, which has been rolled out.

Another major goal according to the Governor’s speech is the completion of the digital resurvey project in four years to achieve an authentic record of the rights of all landowners. A fund of ₹339.4 crore has been set aside for the first phase under the Rebuild Kerala initiative.

Revenue Information Office

For the first time in the state, a Revenue Information Bureau (RIB) will soon be a reality. The Land and Disaster Management Institute will become a center of excellence with the RIB initiative.

The Governor’s speech reiterated the state government’s commitment to strictly implement the Kerala Rice Paddies and Wetlands Conservation Act 2008.

Sand resources

Sustainable disposal of sand resources, which has long been a pending demand from various organizations, will receive deserved attention in the next fiscal year, with the government planning to present a district-level investigation report for some destinations. These reports will be prepared for 10 selected districts to ensure disposal of river sand without harming the environment.

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