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Procedure for Patta

Question: I purchased a ground at Adambakkam in 1978 and constructed a house on it out of my own resources. I took some steps to get patta on the property. As my Government job made me shift from place to place, I could not pursue the matter and I have to yet get the patta.

Now, more than 25 years have elapsed. I am paying property tax to Alandur Municipality regularly. I applied and got water connection and also sewage connected to underground system by paying initially an advance by paying the required amount to the Municipality. In this situation, somebody frightened me that in the absence of patta, I may face some difficulty. So I seek your advice on whether there may be any difficulty on the possession of my property and whether I can now get the patta. If I have to act on getting one, what is the procedure, i.e. to whom should I address it to for taking action?

R. Ananthanarayanan by email

Mr. Srinath Sridevan replies:

Please rest assured. It is only if you are seeking the approval of the CMDA for constructing a fresh building that there will be an insistence on the patta. From your letter, it appears that you have purchased only freehold land, and not any disputed or poromboke lands. You have been paying property tax regularly. You have also constructed a house thereon. In such cases, the patta counts for very little.

If you propose to sell the house, some purchasers may ask for the patta, but since you say that your title is otherwise clear, this will not be a major deterrent.

The repatriation facility mentioned above does not cover the acquisition of agricultural land farmhouses or plantation property in India.

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