The Uttar Pradesh will soon launch a new system– FASTPAS (fast and simplified trust-based plan approval system) — through which approvals of maps and layouts of buildings, townships will be granted.The need for a new system was being felt as the existing platform does not cover the new tools and concepts that have been introduced by the state to promote urbanisation.
Through the FASTPAS, applicants would be able to purchase additional FAR (floor area ratio), facilitate land use change, avail compensatory FAR among other options.Another key reason for making the switch was the fact that the existing online building plan approval system (OBPAS) introduced in 2019, was developed on PPP model by a private IT company roped in by the housing department. However, the department did not own the data in a complete manner.
Housing commissioner and secretary of the department Ranvir Prasad said this time source code along with DLL (dynamic link-library) is going to be taken from the company and the data collected would remain the sole property of the department. Moreover, the FASTPAS would act as a single window system integrated with internal and external agencies to secure no-objection certificates and clearances.
Similarly, the GIS master plan, zonal plan, logistics plan, transit-oriented zone, mobility plan, title ownership, land usage among other elements would be also integrated.
During the 2022-23 fiscal, a total of 15,587 building plans were approved across the 29 housing development authorities and UP housing board (Avas and Vikas Parishad).
The new system will be simple and help in doubling the number of plan approvals.
Director Awas Bandhu, Ravi Jain said the procedure to shortlist suitable agencies has commenced and bid document was floated on Tuesday.
Instead of having the standard workflow for residential, commercial, office, industrial, institutional and other properties, a unique scrutiny system would be developed to examine the drawings of different segments.
“Currently, same parameters are being used for various property segments. For better results, unique parameters have to be developed for different properties as per building bylaws. We are going to call it a trust-based approval system as we are going to assume that the applicant is providing the correct details,” said Prasad adding that an option to edit the entry will be provided for corrections post submission.The department will also ask architects to provide undertaking that the details provided are as per laws.