Introducing Faster Building Plan Clearance By KMC








May take only a week to sanction building plans for middle-class homes of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has its way. The civic body is planning to introduce a single window system for plan clearance of small residential property in Kolkata after being pulled up by the chief minister over pending applications.

An online system for tracking the status of residential building plans is already in place and submission of applications will soon become an online process the plan is duly signed by authorized architect.

Online sanction of residential building plans is an ambitious project for KMC building department. KMC building department may start this scheme for small dwelling residential property of Kolkata . As said by the senior KMC official the sanctioning of plans for high rise is a complicated matter and may take time.

Before introducing the online system, KMC now allow the applicants to go through the exact status of their residential building plans online. Mayor Sovan Chatterjee has appointed Mr. Anindya Karforma the chief architect and town planner of KMC’s – as the new director general (buildings) to speed up sanction of building plans.

Taking the charge on March 2nd Mr. Karforma convened a meeting of all executive engineers the very next day and directed them to clear all applications for plan sanctions in case of small residential units. The executive engineers have been asked to accelerate the process of clearing files for small residential property. The possible solution to this problem is the owner of the land has to come to the KMC building department to pursue the case.

On the contrary, the sanction could be delayed since registered architects seldom approach them to solve the problem. They have to suggest some changes in the plan which the architects have to pass on the owner. That’s not it but the civic authorities are planning to open a single window system for sanctioning plans for middle class homes.

Said by KMC building department official – Planning to introduce a single window system for those who approach for sanctioning plans for small residential units. Applicants can produce clean papers relating to land deed and a proper building plan duly signed by an architect registered with KMC it may take a week to sanction the application so that construction can start without delay.

Hundreds of applications for building plan sanctions were lying with it for last couple of years as said by KMC building department sources. Mayor-in-council, Mr. Tarak Singh admitted that files were piling up and we have to relieve citizens from such harassment. Said by Mr. Singh the senior civic officials need to clear these files at the regular intervals.

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