OFFLINE applications for permissions related to building projects will no longer be accepted by the building proposals department of the civic body as the clearance system is now completely online, from submission of application till the approvals are granted.
By integrating 14 departments including the fire, traffic, garden, property tax among others into the online system, the BMC hopes to cut down the time required to process the application by half and add transparency to the system.
The system, called the Auto DCR as reported by The Indian Express in November last year, will primarily benefit people who are planning to buy properties which are under construction or even redevelop their homes in Mumbai.
Under the new system, copies of approved building plans, permissions and no-objection certificates (NOCs) issued to a building project, status of approvals and remarks by various civic authorities will now be just a click away.
Other salient features of the online system include a citizen search icon which will make all the documents as well as approvals pertaining to a particular building project accessible to any citizen at any given point of time.
“There will be 26 parameters factored into the citizen search through which people can find the documents they seek. Citizens can check the approvals of buildings they are interested to purchase a flat in. Stakeholders, including developers and architects, will be given a user ID and password to allow them to upload building plans and other documents,” said Vinod Chitore, chief engineer of Building Proposals department. The transition of taking the existing documents of proposals online was initiated in May 2015.
Since the inception of Auto DCR, the building proposals department has received 1,163 proposals through the new system of which 524 have been approved. Officials stated they have uploaded at least 1.7 lakh documents so far, with 15,000 more to be uploaded in the next six months.
“With other agencies like the MHADA, MSRDC, Defence, SRA, PWD, MoEF and heritage committee integrated into the system, the process of seeking approvals will be simplified and no one will have to physically submit any documents or building plans. As an effect of this, we expect the number of RTIs to go down by at least 35 per cent,” said Chitore.
Under the online system, developers will be required to upload videos on the progress of on-site construction periodically.
Chitore added that the geographic information system mapping will be integrated into the system after which all buildings, constructed or under construction, will be mapped as per the development plan and GIS data. “Using the information from GIS mapping, we will be able to virtually access any part of the premises,” he said.