The state housing department is mulling a plan to connect all development authorities across the state via an ‘online map approval system’ for speedy approval of building plans of individuals, housing and commercial projects.
The centralised approval system will help reduce delays and red tape. A meeting of senior officials from development authorities of Ghaziabad, Lucknow, Kanpur and Meerut was held by secretary (Housing) in Lucknow on April 27.
“The state government will roll out tenders for the online system and an agency will be selected for the software. The procedure has been initiated and it will take another six months to make it fully operational. The centralised database will be maintained in Lucknow, but the development authorities can give approval from their respective locations,” said Ishtiyaq Ahmed, authority’s chief architect & town planner.
“A detailed presentation was also made during the meeting. Under the plan, the Ghaziabad development authority (GDA) intends to introduce online approvals in a phased manner,” he said.
In the first phase, the GDA will give online clearances for properties of up to 300 sqm. Next, approvals of housing projects -- between 300 sqm and up to 2,000 sqm -- will be done online. In the later phases, approvals for group housing (over 2,000 sqm) and commercial projects will be taken online.
“Under the system, the individuals will upload all details -- such as the project area, plot number and building plan drawings -- online. These will be checked by the online system for compliance with the prevalent building bylaws before being approved. The fee can also be submitted online,” Ahmed said.
Under the present manual system, projects of up to 300 sqm are given clearances within a day, those above 300 sqm and up to 2,000 sqm are cleared within 30 days, and group housing and commercial projects are granted clearance within 90 days.
Last year, in July, the GDA had to drop its plans for an online building plan approval system due to funding issues. Then the authority had decided to develop its own software, but the developers who were to fund the project backed off.