Legal Advice

Map showing wrong dimension and area of my land

Question: Hello, sir, I have a property with an area of 4380 hectares. However, I am facing an issue as the map is showing less area than it should, and the patwari is allocating less space. If we are constructing, he is suggesting to do so based on the revenue record, but he has advised us to get the map corrected. Now, I am not sure what to do in this matter. Initially, he created confusion by suggesting that this property is not yours; it belongs to someone else, and it is barren. However, he is now saying to correct the map. Additionally, the current map has incorrect details. When we obtained the old map, it showed half of the frontage, but now, even after measuring, we have not received the complete frontage, and half of our land is occupied according to the measurements. After considering these issues, I would like to seek consultation with you, and I hope you can guide me accordingly.

Advise

If the land map displays incorrect dimensions or area, it is recommended to submit an application for its correction. Under the Uttar Pradesh Land Revenue Code, the Collector holds the responsibility for maintaining land maps, and in instances of discrepancies, they possess the authority to rectify such errors.

To strengthen your case, it is crucial to provide supporting evidence. Obtaining the old map and the record of rights (Khatauni) is advisable. This documentation would substantiate your claim, especially if the discrepancy occurred in subsequent years.

The Uttar Pradesh Land Revenue Code establishes the legal framework for land administration and revenue matters in the state. The land map, a crucial component of this framework, serves as a graphical representation of land parcels, delineating their boundaries, dimensions, and other pertinent details. Here’s a brief explanation of the role of the land map in the Uttar Pradesh Land Revenue Code:

  1. Maintenance by Collector: According to the Uttar Pradesh Land Revenue Code, the Collector is entrusted with the duty of maintaining accurate and up-to-date land maps. The Collector plays a pivotal role in overseeing land administration and ensuring the correctness of the land records.
  2. Power to Rectify Mistakes: In instances where there are mistakes, inaccuracies, or ambiguities in the land map, the Collector is empowered to rectify these errors. This is crucial to maintaining the integrity of land records and preventing disputes arising from discrepancies in land-related information.
  3. Application for Correction: Individuals who identify discrepancies in the land map pertaining to their property can file an application for correction. This involves notifying the Collector about the inaccuracies and providing evidence to support the claim.
  4. Supporting Evidence: To bolster the application for correction, it is advisable to present supporting evidence. This may include the old land map, known as the record of rights (Khatauni), and any other relevant documentation that substantiates the correct details of the land in question.
  5. Establishing Claim: Obtaining and presenting the record of rights (Khatauni) and old land maps becomes crucial in establishing a claim, particularly if there have been changes or discrepancies in the land details over the years.

In summary, the Uttar Pradesh Land Revenue Code vests the Collector with the authority to maintain and rectify land maps. Individuals can seek corrections by filing applications and providing supporting evidence to ensure the accuracy of their land records.

Shivendra Pratap Singh

Advocate

High Court Lucknow