Principal secretary of urban development department Bhusan Gagrani on Monday directed the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) that from July 1 all building permissions will strictly have to be sanctioned through the online portal and by June 30 all the pending applications will have to be cleared.
Gagrani visited the KMC headquarters on Monday and interacted with the officials and staff from the town planning department. He also met the developers over several issues pertaining to the building rules and permissions.
A statement released by the KMC said, “The principal secretary has directed the KMC to grant building permissions through the online software. He has also asked the civic body to clear the offline pending proposals by June 30.”
This means that after June 30 no building proposal can be tabled or sanctioned manually. The state government has developed a software for sanctioning the building permissions and the unified development control rules have also been incorporated in it.
Earlier, the KMC had sought time to start the use of the online portal. But after Gagrani’s orders, the civic body has no other option but to switch to the online mode.
Meanwhile, the developers have claimed that currently over 700 plans are awaiting the KMC’s nod. “As these plans were submitted offline and therefore should be sanctioned offline. We also demanded extension of the deadline for offline mode of sanctioning of building plans, but it was denied,” a city-based developer said.
Gagrani also asked KMC authorities to carry out survey of buildings that were affected due to revision in the flood lines. After 2019 floods, the water resources department (WRD) marked the flood lines and the same were re-drawn after 2021 floods.
Vidyanand Bedekar, president of Kolhapur chapter of CREDAI, said, “Several buildings were affected after the revision in the flood lines. Upon our suggestion, Gagrani asked the officials to conduct a survey and fix the number of affected buildings.”