A Ghaziabad first: Building plans to be approved online

The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) is set to implement a proposal to allow online approval of building plans.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | Ghaziabad | Published:July 3, 2013 2:05 am

The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) is set to implement a proposal to allow online approval of building plans. Under the proposal,those intending to construct structures in Ghaziabad will be able to submit building plans online.

After thorough evaluation of the plan,a no-objection certificate (NOC) will be issued,and the parties concerned will be informed online as well.

Senior GDA officials said scrutiny of the plans will be done on two broad parameters — technical and administrative. “The technical aspects will be evaluated first. The plan will be checked according to Master Plan,joining regulations,building by-laws,compounding by-laws and the ground condition (to be identified by sequential satellite imagery). Then,the administrative section will check the building plan according to records of ownership,after which an NOC will be given or denied,” an official said.

The process of fee submission will also be taken online,a senior official said. “This will include calculation as well as a fee deposit facility on the Internet. There will also be digital signatures of officers concerned. An approved copy of the plan will be emailed to the applicants,” a senior official said.

The Authority’s website will also be connected to the plan approval system. Additionally,there will be automated reminders on the website,along with automated status updates and plan statuses will be uploaded for public viewing.

“Presently,we are finalising details of the tender,and the project will come into place in the next few months. The system will ensure complete automation,cut out the need for people to repeatedly come to the offices of different departments. This also cuts down the chances for errors as there will be automated integration with different departments,such as Revenue and Land,” a senior officer said.

NK Johri,in charge of implementing the system,said: “A regular complaint from the people of the city was that approval of a plan used to take a very long time. This was because signatures were required from different departments. Also,because of miscommunication or clerical errors,there were problems in the approval system. These issues will be minimised considerably under this new system because of all-round automation.”

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