Come April 1 and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike will go online with its process of taking building plan approval submissions for all new projects, commercial or non-commercial.
As per the new system, BBMP officials must clear plan submissions in 30 days. Each officer would be assigned a definite timeline to clear the plan, failing which the portal for that application will get locked and the officer would be punished.
However, owners of 40 ft x 60 ft or smaller sites planning construction will have to continue the manual route, seeking permission from the requisite engineers.
Mayor R Sampath Raj and BBMP commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said the new system will streamline the plan approval process and bring in more efficiency, besides reducing applicants’ legwork.
According to Prasad, applicants need to log in to the BBMP website after April 1 and register with their credentials to get the process started. Online updates about progress of the application will be notified to citizens, who can make requisite payments online.
Bengaluru development minister K J George said the new system is designed to benefit lakhs of property owners. “We’ll take strict action taken against those who deviate from plans, besides holding officials and errant architects responsible,” he said.
The mayor said about 200 fresh applications are filed per zone every month on average. He said that since the Karnataka government was planning to introduce the trust-and-verify procedure for all sites across the state, small property owners (with site measurements of 40ftx60ft or less) will not be covered under the new system for now. The trust-and-verify system is modelled on the self-assessment scheme currently in place for property tax collection.
Once the system is implemented, property owners must engage an architect to submit their plan and start work, subject to an inspection and online analysis for bylaw conformity.