March 14: The National Land Commission Secretariat is carrying out a National Cadastral re-survey. The pilot project was launched at Talo gewog in Punakha on Wednesday, March 12.
Speaking at the launch, the Secretary of the National Land Commission Secretariat, Sangay Khandu, said the survey is being started from Talo gewog as it is closer to Thimphu and accessible by motor-able road. This will allow the Commission to provide technical and other necessary support easily.
He said Talo Geog has been chosen also because it is small and has all categories of land. He said the survey will provide more accurate and reliable information. Some people raised concerns about the issue of excess land.
"The issue of excess land is likely to come up," said Sangay Khandu. He said in most cases excess land results from encroachment. He said the issue of land deficiency which arises where land has been used for road constructions and other development activities will also be taken up during the course of the resurvey.
The National Cadastral re-survey is being carried out as per the command of His Majesty the king. The survey will be completed within three years.
35 teams have been formed to carry out the National Cadastral re-survey. Each team has seven members comprising of officials from the Department of Census and Civil Registration, Forestry Department and Department of Survey and Land Record.