The Kolkata Municipal Corporation has set August 1 as the new deadline to roll out the online sanction of building plans as the building department is yet to wrap up the networking job due to the prevailing pandemic.
First in January, the civic body’s building department had set a March 1 deadline for the introduction of such a facility.
However, the deadline had been extended to July 1 while that new deadline was extended by a month too. According to a KMC building department official, the work of coordinating with the state government agencies could not be done during the ongoing pandemic that had kept most government offices and civic departments shut since late March.
As per plans, the KMC building department will introduce a single window clearance for plan sanction that will drastically cut down on time for an applicant.
At present, a developer constructing a project whose height is more than 15.5 meter and built up area not exceeding 500 square meter has to get separate clearances from various government departments such as fire services, land (urban land ceiling) environment among others before applying to the KMC building department for plan sanction.
This process takes 18-20 months for an applicant to get a sanction plan. The new system will ensure approval of plans within three to six months, depending on the land and observation of building rules.
Under the new system the KMC will integrate its software with that of various state government departments so that an applicant does not face problems to get his/her plans sanctioned.