Building permits to go online this month
The new system is being developed to ensure transparency and speed up the procedure.
Nov 04, 2012
Source : The Times of India

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A software that would enable architects to apply online for building permits from panchayats and municipalities will soon be rolled out by the Information and Kerala Mission [IKM]. The software - Sanketham - will facilitate e-filing of applications and hassle-free monitoring for applicants.

The new system is being developed to ensure transparency and speed up the procedure. "This system will work on first-come-first-serve basis. Only in case of rejection of a particular application due to various reasons, will the next applicant be considered," said M Shamsudeen, executive chairman and director, IKM.

Once the software gets functional, the websites of IKM, LSG and that of all local bodies will carry a link for filing applications. The applicant just needs to click on the link and fill up the pre-loaded form. There will also be a set of checklists pertaining to the design and dimensions of the building on the webpage.

"The applicant can fill each parameter based on the automated checklists. There will be options to fill in either the accurate measurements or in some cases to choose yes or no," an IKM official said. The plan of the building can also be attached after the details have been furnished, though it is not mandatory.

If any of the dimensions chosen by the applicant while filing the application does not comply with the norms laid down by the government, a notification will immediately pop-up so that he can revise the plan.

"The software will also display the standards and rules regarding building permits. This would make it easy for applicants to ensure accuracy while furnishing details," Shamsudeen added.

Procedures associated with getting a building permit like document verification and site inspection will be carried out manually.

"The biggest advantage is that the applicant can keep track of his file without going to the panchayat office. Once the verification process is completed, the applicant can download the permit from the site," an official said.

"At present, the permit is sent to the applicant as post, and it takes three weeks for the procedures. It can be delayed further due to some vested interests. But, with everything going online, the applicant will always be clear about the progress of applications," said an official. The software will be officially launched this month.

A software that would enable the architects to apply for building permit online from panchayats and municipalities will be soon rolled out by the Information and Kerala mission [IKM]. The software titled Sanketham will facilitate e-filing of applications and hassle-free monitoring for the applicants.

The new system is being developed to ensure transparency and speed up the entire procedure. '' This system will work on first come first serve basis. Those applicants who forward the request first will be given priority. Only in case of a rejection of a particular application due to various reasons, the next applicant in the line will be considered,'' said M. Shamsudeen, executive chairman and director, IKM.

Once the software gets functional, the websites of IKM, LSG and that of all local bodies will carry a link for filing building permit. The applicant just needs to click on the link and fill up the pre-loaded form. There will also be a set of checklists pertaining to the design and dimensions of the building on the webpage.

'' The applicant can fill each parameters based on the automated checklists. There will be options to fill in either the accurate measurements or in some cases to choose yes or no,'' an IKM official said. The plan of the building can also be attached after the details have been furnished, but, it is not mandatory.

If any of the dimensions chosen by the applicant while filing the application does not comply with the norms laid down by the government, a notification will immediately pop-up so that the applicant can revise the plan instantly. '' The software will also display the standards and rules regarding the building permit. This would make it easy for the applicant to ensure accuracy while furnishing the details,'' Shamsudeen added.

Whatever procedures associated with getting a building permit like document verification, site inspection will be carried out manually. ''The biggest advantage is that the applicant can keep a track of his file even without going to a panchayat or municipality office. Once the verification process is completed, the applicant can also download the permit from the site,'' an official said. In the present system, the permit is sent to the applicant as post.

'' At present, it takes 2-3 weeks for the procedures. It can be delayed further due to some vested interests. with everything going online, the applicant will always be clear about the progress of applications,'' said an engineering official. The software will be officially launched in November.

 

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