Build­ing plan ap­provals to go on­line

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTCHANDIGA­RH - Mu­niesh­wer A Sa­gar mu­niesh­wer.sa­gar@htlive.com

CHANDIGARH:Come July 15, build­ing plan ap­provals can be sought on­line in Chandigarh. While the pro­cess cur­rently takes sev­eral months, the new on­line fa­cil­ity is ex­pected to cut the ap­proval time to 25 days.

It will also sim­plify the pro­cess, which is cur­rently marred by re­peated vis­its to the es­tate of­fice in Sec­tor 17.

All build­ing plans – new con­struc­tion and mod­i­fi­ca­tion in the old, will be sub­mit­ted on the web por­tal – www.obps.chd.gov.in. Only ar­chi­tects em­pan­elled with the UT ad­min­is­tra­tion will be able to sub­mit the ap­pli­ca­tions.

Chandigarh Smart City Ltd (CSCL) is im­ple­ment­ing the project, which was awarded to a pri­vate con­sul­tancy firm in Novem­ber last year.

“The test­ing of the on­line mod­ule has been com­pleted, but user tri­als are un­der­way. Along with the users, ar­chi­tects are be­ing trained on how to use the web­site,” said a se­nior UT of­fi­cial, privy to the de­vel­op­ment.

The project is part of the e-gov­er­nance project un­der which 28 ser­vices will be taken on­line. These in­clude 14 gov­ern­ment-toc­i­t­i­zen ser­vices and 14 in­ter­nal pro­cesses of the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion.UT’s pre­vi­ous at­tempt to start the on­line sys­tem in Oc­to­ber 2018 failed within one year of its launch. There­after, it de­cided to hand over the work to CSCL, which floated the ten­der for pro­vid­ing on­line ser­vices to the es­tate of­fice also.

“After ar­chi­tects upload ap­pli­ca­tions on the web­site, the on­line sys­tem will scru­ti­nise the plans based on city’s build­ing rules and zon­ing plans. It will ei­ther ac­cept the ap­pli­ca­tion and for­ward it to the deal­ing branch or will re­ject it for re-sub­mis­sion,” the of­fi­cial said.

“Of­fi­cials will have to pro­vide rea­sons for re­jec­tion of an ap­pli­ca­tion or de­lay in its pro­cess­ing,” the of­fi­cial added.

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