The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has claimed to have created a record on Wednesday by sanctioning a building plan in the shortest possible time of 27 minutes.
The plan was sanctioned for construction of a four-storeyed residential complex at Janakpuri with provision for basement and parking area.
“At 10.44 am, Alok Kumar Agnihotri, an architect, filled the online application for sanctioning of the building plan on a plot measuring 253 square metres. The plot belonged to one Mukesh Gupta and three other people. We found all the documents in place, thus the building plan (ID no. 10038475) was issued in just 27 minutes and 13 seconds to the applicant,” said a senior official from the building department.
Giving credit of the success to the online system for sanctioning building plans, launched in April 2016, SDMC commissioner, Puneet Goel said, “The scheme focuses on single window clearance system. It means the applications submitted by an applicant will be automatically forwarded to concerned departments for No Objection Certificates such as Fire, Airport Authority, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Forest and Delhi Pollution Control Committee. If the agencies failed to reply in 30 days, then the plans will be deemed sanctioned,” said Goel.
On the same day, the agency has also approved the building plans for 200 other applicants. “The scheme allows the architect to apply for sanctioning of building plan. This saves a lot time as they are professionals and does not make mistakes like residents,” said Agnihotri.
“We are also monitoring the day-to-day functioning of officials to ensure the applications are attended immediately. Officials in other two corporations (north and east) are working equally well, causing a healthy competition among the executive engineers of zones in three corporations,” said a senior South Corporation official.
All the documents, circulars, building by-laws and master plans are available on the Municipal Corporation of India website www.mcdonline.gov.in for the help of general public and professionals.