The long waiting period to get building plans sanctioned from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) will soon be a thing of the past. From August, Delhiites can get their building plans sanctioned online and that too within seven working days. In a move to make the building plan sanctioning procedure hassle-free, MCD is soon going to make the process online, but in a phased manner.
In the first phase, the civic agency will register architects and for this MCD is going to advertise soon. In the second phase, the process of sanctioning building plans will start. “We will soon be advertising about the first phase. Now, people will have to apply for sanctioning of building plan through an architect. And only those architects can apply who will get registered with the Corporation. We are planning to finish the registration process by July 31,” said an MCD official.
While registering with the Corporation, architects will have to pay an annual fee of Rs 1,200 to the Corporation. All registered architects will then be issued a login-id through which they can upload the building plan and all the necessary documents regarding ownership. Once the process is online, all the work has to be done by the architect. “Unlike now, when owners have to go and submit the building plans manually in zonal offices, residents can simply sit at home. All the work related to the building plan will be done by the architect,” said an MCD official.
To being with, MCD will be making the procedure online only for residential properties. This initiative is likely to put an end to the harassment faced by citizens in getting their building plans sanctioned. “For the first time, the plan will not be evaluated manually. We have developed a software which will check the submitted building plan. And if the plan is not as per the building bylaws, then the computer will automatically generate errors. The architect can again submit the plan after rectifying the errors. The plan will be passed only when there are zero errors. The processing of building plans will start from August,” said Deep Mathur, director, press and information, MCD.
At present, it takes two-five months to get a building plan sanctioned. And the manual procedure also results in corruption. “But in this procedure, there will be no human intervention in checking the plan. The plan once uploaded will be cleared in seven working days. As the errors, if any, in the plan will be automatically generated, there is no way corruption can flourish in the building department,” said an MCD official.
To make the process more user-friendly, an e-mail will be automatically sent to the architect and the owner of the property once the plan is approved or rejected.
After residential properties, MCD will also extend this facility to commercial properties.