BMC website with approved building plans
Nov 22, 2013
Source : The Times of India


MUMBAI: The BMC is going ahead with its plan to put all building permissions on its website, a move that would have rendered meaningless the State Information Commission’s earlier order restricting access to the plans.

“We have started compiling the data so that the plans (on paper) can be scanned and uploaded on the web for potential property buyers to see,” said a civic official. With the information readily available on the website, there won’t be any need for an RTI application.

However, it will take a while because the data that the BMC has to compile is massive.

Earlier this year, the BMC had said it would put details of all approved building plans on its website to ensure buyers are not palmed off illegal flats. The decision was taken as it became clear that almost a hundred illegal flats have to be demolished in the Campa Cola compound.

“Most of the RTIs filed in the BMC today are to do with illegal construction or building plans of a building. Once the data is made readily available, this RTI load will reduce,” said another civic official.

The BMC is working with a technical advisory committee, including RTI activists, to make the functioning of the civic body more transparent. This panel is guiding the BMC on the data that should be uploaded.

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