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     FrontPage Edition: Mon 27 November 2006

Map-based information service on land ownership available online


State-Owned Land Information Online

Imagine: you want to know whether a plot of land or a building is state or privately-owned in order to tip-off a case of mosquitoes-breeding, overgrown or fallen trees, illegal parking, noise pollution, or even rubbish dumping.
Imagine: you are interested to rent space and apply for permit to hold a corporate event, organize a family carnival, or simply to start a business.
Imagine: you are interested to buy a strip of land adjoining to your property. Who do you call?
From today (22 Nov 2006), LandQuery, the map-based information service on land ownership will be made available free to the public. LandQuery can provide information on:
a. Whether the land is State or privately owned;

b. Contact details of the public agency responsible for a particular State land or its managing agent; and

c. Land boundaries and lot numbers.

The LandQuery is a strategic partnership amongst the public sector, to capture a comprehensive database of public land ownership information.
Enforcement agencies will find it useful to determine ownership for operational field work, such as maintenance, solving cases, or simply conducting routine checks.
The general public will also be able to contact the right public agency for feedback on a particular State land.
This is just one of the many ways that the new online information service, known as LandQuery, can help public sector officers respond faster to public feedback on land matters, said Associate Professor Ho Peng Kee, Senior Minister of State for Law and Home Affairs, at a public launch ceremony of the new services at the Singapore Land Authority.
Also new is the StreetMap@Singapore that offers a simple and quick way to search for location information. Users are able to search using 5 different search keys and are able to download the maps for personal and non-commercial use.
These two services are enhancements to the current services that SLA is providing through the Integrated Land Information Service (INLIS) ( portal.
Associate Professor Ho said that LandQuery hosts information on State land managed or used by about 50 different government agencies.
He added that, ¡°In today¡¯s age of connectivity and digital economy, buzzwords such as responsible citizenry, citizenry reporting and community participation are becoming realities in shaping public governance. Using LandQuery, public agencies are armed with an excellent tool to achieve close inter-agency coordination and be responsive to public feedback or request. For the general public, they can now pin-point the exact location of an observation and identify the right public agency to contact.¡±
Hitherto, SLA receives enquiries from members of the public on land ownership generally for the following purposes:
1) Interest in renting a piece of land or property;

2) Interest in buying remnant land adjoining to their property; and

3) Land maintenance issues like mosquito breeding, overgrown trees, illegal parking and rubbish dumping.

Between April to August this year, SLA received on average per month, about 50 enquiries pertaining to land/property maintenance issue, and another 35 enquiries on rental of state land and properties.

Source: Press Release 22 Nov 2006

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