Registration of property documents may soon be done on appointment, if the registration and stamps department has its way. The new inspector general of registration and Stamps S. K. Sinha is believed to have mooted the proposal of asking property buyers and sellers to fix an appointment with the department and get the registration done at that particular time. This is to avoid the inconvenience of waiting for hours at the registration office.
"As per the proposal, they will approach the district registrar or sub-registrar's office concerned for a particular time and date. Depending on the availability of the slot, the department will allot the time and date," a senior official said adding that the system would be similar to that at the passport office. The department will suggest an alternative time if the slot is already booked. Department officials are of the view that the system of seeking appointment can also be done online given the technological advancements the department has already achieved.

There are complaints that the "parties" were made to wait for hours and the delay in some cases is even "encashed" by the office staff by showing shortcut routes for quick disposal of the registration.
There is a sharp increase in real estate activity in the city outskirts. There are, however, apprehensions over the proposal because of the core element attached to registration sentiment. In majority of cases, the buyers prefer muhurat for registering their property. They will also avoid registration of their property during inauspicious days. "Several people will be very particular about the time also. They will insist that the process of registration starts in some form or the other at the particular muhurat though the entire process is completed afterwards," K. Rajeswar Reddy, a builder, pointed out. There will be a mad rush to get appointment during the auspicious period only, he added.
Instead, the officials suggest that the government should give top priority to fill hundreds of vacancies both at the clerical level and sub-registrars.

There’s also a proposal to allow registration of property anywhere in the State lying under the government for several years. The ultimate objective of the CARD project (computerisation of registration process) is to facilitate registration from any sub-registrar or district registrar’s office.
As of now, the government allows registration of property only at the district registrar’s office besides the sub-registrar’s office concerned.
Meanwhile, the government gave a green signal to setting up of 10 more district registrar offices at Hyderabad (south), Ranga Reddy (east), Anakapalle, Gudala, Tenali, Markapur, Gudur, Proddutur, Nandyal and Hindupur besides 43 new sub-registrar offices to reduce the work load on the existing offices.
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