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KMC shortlists architects, surveyors for bldg plan nod

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If you have a three-cottah plot and want to build a house on an area not exceeding 500 square metres, get hold of an architect or a licensed building surveyor (LBS) who will be empowered to sanction plans for the building under a special civic scheme.

Sources in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation buildings department said civic authorities will officially recognize the credibility of a section of architects or LBSs who have never been booked for flouting rules.

Initially, the department bosses have decided to select 20 architects and 20 LBSs who will be empowered to sanction building plans under a special KMC plan. This will offer relief to land owners and a section of real estate developers from unnecessary hassles.

After series of discussions, the buildings department’s top brass will go through records of architects and LBSs empanelled with the civic body. “We have chosen the architects and LBSs based on their performance. They were evaluated based on whether they had ever faltered in ensuring a completion certificate for their clients in the last three years,” said a KMC building department official.

Once names of these 40 architects and LBS are notified, land owners or promoters want to avail a special KMC plan where instead of depending on the KMC building department, an architect or LBS could approve sanction of building plans in 30 days, could get hold of anyone of them and apply for sanction of their building plans.

A KMC official said the credibility of an architect or LBS depended on getting a completion certificate (CC) of an under-construction building from the buildings department to ensure that flat or land owners were entitled to all civic amenities like water supply, drainage connections provided by the KMC borough offices. “We often get flooded with complaints that without taking a CC, a promoter sells the flats, leaving flat owners in the lurch. Without a valid CC, we can’t offer water or drainage connections to a building,” an official said.


Source: Times of India

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