Opinion | The Odisha Land Rights Act: Technology for all
Drones do not just map households faster, cheaper and accurately, but the maps provide a strong visual template of engagement for communities
The Odisha Land Rights to Slum Dwellers Act, 2017, intended to provide titles to over 200,000 households, is a landmark legislation for many reasons. It is a multi-stakeholder endeavour that leverages unique capacities for effective implementation, adopts a community-centric lens and leverages technology as an integral tool to drive efficiency and fidelity. Moreover, the impact of the Act does not end only at land rights, but also extends to providing slum dwellers with livable habitats that will play an important role in driving social and economic mobility.