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Kolkata: Single-window nod for building plans from April 1

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In a complete revamp of building laws in the city, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation is making it mandatory for developers and land owners to get building plans sanctioned by applying online from April 1 for a single-window clearance. A common application form (CAF) will be available on the KMC website for the purpose.

In another groundbreaking reform, from February 15, the KMC buildings department will arrange for suo motu clearance of mutation certificates online once a property (buildings/flats) is registered. The changes will cut red tape, expedite sanction of building plans and protect the interests of the buyers besides saving them from doing the rounds of the KMC headquarters.

Also from now on, developers will need to obtain a completion certificate for the newly constructed buildings before applying for an occupancy certificate. According to mayor Firhad Hakim, this change will protect the interests of buyers. These reforms are part of a key index in the World Bank’s assessment on “ease of doing business”. Swift sanction of building plans is required in Kolkata and Bengaluru if India has to improve its global ranking.

Applicants, who want to build a structure taller than 15.5 metres or with an area exceeding 500 sq metres, will benefit from this single window nod as they till now needed clearances from multiple agencies.

Large sections of KMC building rules have been amended to offer land owner or a realty developer, who wants to construct a high-rise, freedom from obtaining NOCs from multiple state agencies after submitting documents for sanction of plans with KMC buildings department. Apart from KMC’s land survey, water supply and drainage departments, the applicants earlier needed to apply for NOCs from various state agencies like fire services, KIT, KMDA and PCB among others.

Under the new system, KMC will coordinate with state agencies and sanction a building plan within 30 working days from its application, said Hakim. Earlier, the civic body would take 330 working days to do the job. “Under the new system, once the KMC buildings department receives an application through common application form, officials will ask state agencies to verify documents online. Three days will be given to agencies either to accept or reject an application. If an application is rejected, valid reasons must be cited. A joint inspection of land will be conducted by KMC officials and state agencies after an applicant is given NOC. After verification of all NOCs and drawings, KMC will issue a sanction in a month’s time,” said an official.

If the height of a building is less than 15.5 metres or the total area is less than 550 sq metres, KMC will empower a licensed building surveyor or an architect to sanction the plan.


Source: Times of India

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