The e-Land Registry System (eLR) project for Land Registries in Sri Lanka represents a forward-looking initiative that commenced in 2018 and is currently in progress. This project forms part of the broader Integrated Land Registry (e-LR) initiative launched by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) with the aim of enhancing the country's investment climate and improving its ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index (EoDBI). To bring this vision to life, National Task Forces were established under the scope of the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade in 2017.
The core objectives of this project are diverse and varied. Firstly, it seeks to develop a robust Core Document Management System by closely studying the existing operations of land registries. Secondly, it aims to facilitate convenient electronic access to land registry information, This brings about a new era of accessibility and efficiency. Lastly, the project is committed to ensuring the safety of valuable documents and providing a speedy, convenient, and cost-effective service to the general public.
The scope of the e-Land Registry System includes several critical components. These include the development of an advanced information system, the provision of computers and accessories, the enhancement of infrastructure facilities, and the crucial digitization of land records. Additionally, capacity-building programs are integral to empowering stakeholders and ensuring the project's seamless implementation.
As of the present, the project is still in progress, with a host of anticipated outcomes on the horizon. These include substantial improvements in the document registration process, a reduced workload for land registries, and fewer visits by the public. Moreover, the initiative seeks to remove fraudulent land transactions, providing citizens and stakeholders with convenient access to digital land information. This digital transformation also promises reduced search times for land records, secure data sharing, disaster-resistant data security, and an extended lifespan for electronic land information.