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IIHS Policy Brief 1: Improving Ease of Registration Scores for Delhi

Registering a property in India is a notoriously difficult task. According to the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business (EODB) 2018 report, registering a property in Delhi requires eight procedures and the costs amount to an average of 9.1 per cent of the property value i (World Bank 2017). The ease of registering property is a critical component of the EODB index. India ranks 154 amongst 190 countries in the Ease of Registering Property rankings, based on data collected from New Delhi and Mumbai. The indicator measures the complexity of the registration process, including the time and costs involved. As a result, it often depends on the larger system of land administration as reflected in the quality of land and property records and the systems put in place for their regular update. The key issues that need to be tackled are reductions in the time, costs and number of procedures required for registering an immovable property.

This brief looks closely at some of the crucial issues in registering property in Delhi and suggest policy recommendations to improve Delhi’s Ease of Registration Scores.