The Ministry of Land said that the news of cancellation of digital land survey is a rumour. This information was informed in a notification of the ministry on Monday.
It is said that recently a wrong information under the title ‘Digital land survey project is being canceled after spending 336 crore rupees’ or ‘Digital Land Survey Scaped’ is seen spreading online in the form of rumours.
According to the notification, the ‘Bangladesh Digital Survey’ program was being implemented mainly through two projects with the aim of efficiently conducting surveys across Bangladesh. One of these is the ‘Capacity Building Digital Survey Project (CDP Project) of the Department of Land Records and Surveys for digital land surveying’.
The other one is the Digital Land Management System Project (EDLMS Project) of 3 City Corporations, 1 Municipality and 2 Rural Upazilas through digital land survey.
Rumors claim that Tk 336 crore has been spent on the CDP project, but actually Tk 3 crore 69 lakh has been spent so far on vehicles, office equipment, salary allowances and training of officials and employees.
It can be seen that against the total project of 1 thousand 212 crore 55 lakh taka, 3 crore 59 lakh taka i.e. 0.30 per cent financial expenditure, the physical progress of the project has been 0.28 per cent. Experimental survey work has already been completed in Itbaria Mauza of Patuakhali under the CDP project.
According to the Ministry of Lands, since the beginning of the said project activities, the progress of the global epidemic corona virus has been severely disrupted in the contemporary period.
Besides, no real progress has been possible due to the project being included in the ‘C’ category project list for almost 1 year. Fund allocation is available against this project only in the current financial year.
No physical and financial progress has been made since the project was proposed to be revised. CDP projects will be studied and proposed in a more efficient manner.
The EDLMS project is being implemented by the Ministry of Land with the support of five international organizations with financial and technical support from the South Korean government. The progress of which is more than 24 percent. This means that the Bangladesh Digital Land Survey program is currently in full swing.