If plans of the Chandigarh estate office materialise, getting building plans approval will be a click away.
To spare city residents of the ordeal of running from pillar to post for getting their building plans approved, the estate office is all set to start an online service. The estate office is getting a software developed which will be used for scrutinising the plans submitted for approval. According to a senior official, the move aims at streamlining the process and reducing the time taken in approving the plans.
At present, applicants have to submit the building application along with prints of drawings, which are processed manually. The staff of building branch have been facing criticism for taking a long time for giving approval. As per the citizen charter of the estate office, revised building plans are to be approved in 32 days while fresh building plans are to be approved in 24 days. However, the authorities are taking months to approve the building plans.
UT Deputy Commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi said that they were working out the modalities and the online service would be launched soon.
Surinder Bahga, a practising architect and a nominated councillor, welcomed the step and said that the online system would save applicants from harassment. “The present system is crippled by red tape and inefficiency,” said Bahga whose three building plans have been pending with the building branch for the past two years. “Online service is need of the hour. Haryana Urban Development Authority has already started the service in Panchkula.”
Plan approval body constituted
For streamlining the process of giving approval for building plans, the Chandigarh Administration has constituted a plan approval committee, doing away with the existing two committees. Earlier, building plans for residential house above two kanal and converted commercial properties were accorded approvals by the upper committee while building plans for residential buildings below two kanals were approved by the lower committee.
The committee was constituted on December 23 by UT Chief Administrator Sarvjit Singh. The eight-member committee is headed by UT estate officer and comprises assistant estate officer, chief engineer, chief architect, member secretary, Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee, senior town planner, chief fire officer and sub-division officer (building).