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Plans for buildings coming up in New Town will soon be sanctioned online, officials said. .

The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA), the body that administers the township, will soon launch a pilot project for online submission and sanction of building plans. .

The online procedure will reduce the time taken to sanction a building’s plan besides saving people the hassle of visiting the NKDA office to get work done. .

“The reduced time to clear the plans would benefit people and speed up construction,” an NKDA official said. .

The Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC) allows the option of submitting building plans online for approval but an engineer of the civic body’s building department said the applicant has to collect a certified copy of the plan in person once it is approved.

“Also, the deed, undertakings like those on environment and vector control issues and no-objection certificates have to be submitted physically,” he said.

New Town residents would have to enrol online on the NKDA website and fill in a form. Once the form is submitted online, the applicant would be allotted an ID. The applicant would then have to select a licensed building surveyor (LBS) empanelled with NKDA.

The licensed building surveyor will apply for sanction of construction or additional construction in a particular building or on a vacant plot on behalf of the applicant. The builder will also need to upload the deed and the possession letter for the plot of land on which the building would come up.

The applicant or the LBS would need to upload drawings and a no-objection certificate from the fire services de- partment on the website, an NKDA official said. There will be provision for paying the building sanction fee online or at a bank.

Once the payment is done, a completed a copy of the building sanction plan affixed with a digital signature will be sent via email to the applicant, architect and the surveyor concerned.

If the applicant or the builder needs a hard copy of the sanction plan, s/he can collect it from the NKDA office.

“If the time required for building sanction is reduced, it would make our job simpler. The process will also be more transparent with little chance of manipulation,” said Parveen Agarwal, director, Rajwada Group that has built several housing complexes in New Town..

Source: Telegraph India

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