People living in 500 cities across India, can now get their building plans easily approved online, according to Modi Builders Review. “These cities, covered under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), are ready to implement online building approval system,” said Housing and Urban Affairs Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri.
At present, only the citizens of Delhi and Mumbai have access to this facility, where they get their building plans — commercial and residential —approved within 60 working days. “We are actively working towards introducing this facility in every city within a couple of months,” the Housing Minister added.
Modi Builders review stated that trimming down the approval period to 2 months is a good step taken by the government, considering the hardships people had to face while getting their plans sanctioned. Earlier, the entire procedure took several months, forcing people to visit different government offices again and again.
After the implementation of online system, applicants will have to fill only one centralized form, and the application will be automatically sent to the agencies concerned, viz., municipality, water supply agency, fire department, etc. Since there is no direct contact between the applicant and government officials, the scope of corrupt officials asking for bribes.
Modi Builders further review that the respective agencies will have to sanction or give valid reasons for disapproving the plans. This will make the entire system transparent at both the ends. Also, the online approval system will minimize hardships that people usually face while submitting a physical application. In states like Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, local authorities have the power of giving environmental clearance for buildings up to a certain coverage area. The government now wants more states to follow this suit.
Since the online building approval system got implemented in Mumbai, several procedures, from the beginning to the end, have been cut down from 42 to only eight. In Delhi, the figure has come down from 29 procedures to only eight. Moreover, the number of days for completing the process, which earlier took at least six months, has been reduced to 60 in both the cities.