In 45 days, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has cleared 115 proposals sent to it by builders — the BMC’s quickest-ever clearance time — thanks to an online system it has put in place.
The auto DCR (development control regulations) system is a software that approves building plans.
The builders simply have to upload their building plans on the software, and the files are scrutinised by the officers concerned.
In May this year, the BMC made it compulsory to approve building plans using the software.
Put in place as part of the Maharashtra government’s ease of doing business strategy, the system has reduced the pendency of files and brought down the number of times builders and architects have to visit the BMC office to get their plans approved.
The speedy clearance has also addressed complaints from builders and developers about the enormous delays in clearing a building construction plan. Many had said the delays lead not only to cost escalation, but also increasesd the scope for corruption.
“There was time when hundreds of files would be pending in the department. Our offices were flooded with developers and architects, as on an average, it took at least 40 minutes to scrutinise a file,” said VP Chithore, chief engineer, development plan department.
“Under the current system, we have only 16 files pending, of which 15 are already being processed,” he said.
A senior civic official said it now takes just about half the time to approve a plan.
The system, however, is not yet free of glitches. A developer who did not wish to be named said, “BMC engineers were not able to operate the system recently, after the software encountered some problems. The system is good and it has reduced pendency, but still needs some improvement.”