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West Bengalís Banglarbhumi portal for land records: All you need to know  |  January 31, 2020

Sneha Sharon Mammen

Banglarbhumi is the web portal for land records and reforms, launched by the West Bengal government. You can use the portal to look up data on land and property, such as the owner’s name, land area, plot number, value of the property, etc.


Banglarbhumi, also referred to as Banglabhumi, is West Bengal’s online portal for land and property records. It comes under the Land and Land Reforms and Refugee Relief and Rehabilitation Department of the state government and provides a host of services, such as placing a record of rights, plot information request, plot mapping request, request for GRN, mutation, among others.


Information regarding the name of the owner, area/size of the property, plot number, value of the property and information related to the current owner of the property, is available on the Banglarbhumi website. The website has information regarding 42,159 mouzas (localities) and 4.30 crore khatians (plots). In short, all registered properties in West Bengal find a mention here. Therefore, it is advisable for every person with an interest or a stake in a property transaction, to check the relevant land records on this site, to ensure transparency.


How important is registration of property?


For any property transaction, an agreement should be signed between the buyer and the seller. Once this agreement is registered, it means that the property has a new legal owner. This agreement needs to be registered with the government by paying the requisite fees. Once all the formalities are complete, you will find all information about your property on the Banglarbhumi website.


How to use the Banglarbhumi website?


If you have already used the Banglarbhumi website previously to avail of any citizen service, you will need to log in with your credentials. If not, proceed to sign up on banglarbhumi(dot)gov(dot)in. The sign up button is at the centre of the page, on the top. You will need to fill in details such as your official name, guardian’s name, address, municipality, email id, contact number, etc. You will be asked to verify these details. Create your profile and sign-in for ‘Citizen Services’ as a ‘Citizen’. You will need to enter your username, password and a captcha to proceed.


Frequently asked questions about the Banglarbhumi website


How do I check property details on the Banglarbhumi website?


Plot-related information is available on the website. You will not be required to sign-up, to get this information. On the home page, you will find ‘Know Your Property’ on the right-hand side. Click on it and enter the details to identify the plot. You will be asked for district, block and mouza details. You could also search by khatian number or plot. All these are mandatory fields.


 Can I apply online for mutation?


Yes. Since March 2019, the website allows automatic mutation. Mutation allows the transfer of property from one person to another and is a legal process. However, you can avail of the online services, only if the property is registered, is transferable, its final publication is complete and the transfer of land is not done on the basis of holding number. After mutation, the new owner is liable to pay the property tax. For automatic property mutations through Banglarbhumi, you do not need to file an application.


Note: Applications are mandatory, if you need to make any corrections to the papers or if any objection has been received within 30 days of sale of the land. Approach the Block Land and Land Reforms Office (BL&LRO), to file an application.


Is the mutation form available online?


Yes, you can find the mutation form online on the website. You will be asked for the details of the applicant, particulars of the transfer and scanned copies of land and tax bills. An application number is generated, which can be used to check the status of your application. Complete the formalities by paying the fees, through debit card or net banking. Offline fee payment is also allowed. You can check the status of such payment through ‘Application- GRN Search’ from the ‘Online Application’ option.


Does the mutation fee vary?


The mutation fee is different for agricultural, non-agricultural and non-commercial land or commercial and industrial land. It also varies, depending upon the location, rural area, municipal area other than the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) or municipal areas that are within the jurisdiction of the KMDA.


How do I go about obtaining a Record of Right (ROR) request?


A Record of Right (ROR) is an important document and it is mandatory for an owner to possess it. Use the ‘Know Your Property’ section on the website and fill in the required details. You will be asked for the ROR document. Enter your plot number and submit. Post this you will be able to see the complete details of your land, if such a record is available.


How do I request for certified copies?


This request will come under the ‘Service Delivery Option’. Select whether you want a certified copy of an ROR, plot map or plot information. It will ask you for your details and then redirect you to the payment page. Pay online and complete the process.


How do I apply for land conversion through Banglarbhumi?


Agricultural, commercial or industrial land can be converted and can be put to other use, provided you obtain permission to do so. The first step is to submit an application to the Land & Land Reforms and Refugee Relief and Rehabilitation Department, through the Banglarbhumi website. Keep copies of the registration deed, mutation certificate, receipt of the processing fee, fee acknowledgement number, copy of land and plot information and map of the land getting converted, as well as a map of the adjacent land handy, before proceeding. Also keep recent rent bills and electricity bills ready, because you may need them during the process. Under the ‘Citizen Services’ tab, the conversion application and proceed. Upload all the enclosures required to convert the land. Make the online payment to complete the application.


Banglarbhumi app


Citizen services are also available on the Banglarbhumi site through the Jomir Tothya app. You can get plot information, RS-LR details, fee details, officer details and case status here.