KOZHIKODE: The city corporation's facility to submit building plans online has hit a roadblock as the civic body is finding it difficult to extend the scheme owing to technical anomalies. The Kerala Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, Fire and safety regulations and Coastal Regulation Zone Act are yet to be incorporated with the software used.
According to the engineering section of the civic body, the software has incorporated only the Kerala Municipal Building Rules ( KMBR) to approve the submitted building plans. On an average, the corporation receives nearly 50 applications per day.
During the initial phase of the project, the engineers, architects and building supervisors had expressed difficulty in buying the PreDCR and AutoDCR software used to draw plans and submit them online citing that it is costly. This had also become stumbling blocks for the project. The issue was solved after the corporation gave an option to use the comparatively cheaper ZWCAD software.
The Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project ( KSUDP) had envisaged the online facility for five corporations in the state to avoid red-tapism and delays in issuing building plans. The civic body introduced the online facility on an experimental basis in the seven wards - 19, 39, 41, 40, 44, 45 and 48 - in the old corporation area two years ago.
According to corporation IT officer K Haridasan, if the system works effectively it would require only three to five minutes to pass the submitted plan. "The official can clear the plan immediately after the building inspectors conduct field visit. In the long run, the system would be developed to incorporate global positioning system which would help avoid site inspections as well," he said.
Meanwhile, K Saleem, president of the licensed engineering and supervisors' federation said the system failed to work in the city corporation limit as the civic body has not taken steps to make it mandatory. "Further, there are several technical anomalies in the existing system," he added.
Mayor A K Premajam said steps would be taken soon to make online submission of plans mandatory. "We have already held several meetings to discuss making online submission compulsory. However, it did not work out due to technical problems," the mayor said.