Punjab deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday approved recommendations for simplifying the process for sanction of building plans and also emphasised the need to empanel architects and engineers to certify the same.
Presiding over a review meeting of governance reforms, Sukhbir gave officers the deadline of July 1 to come up with a plan to simplify the process sanction of building plans.
Sukhbir also ordered for the conduct of internal audits to ascertain the backlog as far as building plans were concerned, besides fixing accountability of the authorities concerned so that the people do not face hindrances in getting their building plans approved.
Sukhbir also gave in-principle approval to common building bylaws and asked to make these bylaws more simplified.
On the issue of unequal fee structure for getting building plan approved in different parts of the state, Sukhbir said the case for uniform policy could be considered.
The deputy CM issued directions to all municipal commissioners, assistant commissioners, joint commissioners and executive officers of nagar councils to remain present in their respective offices every Monday from 10am onwards to redress public plaints.
He also asked the secretary, housing, to introduce a central state helpline on the lines of '181' for registration of complaints pertaining to the local bodies department, which would be monitored on a daily basis by high-ups of the department.