PUNE: The 'fast-track system' started to give quick building permissions has fewer takers in the city.
Three months after it was introduced, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) received, on an average, only 12 applications per month, compare to nearly 375 monthly proposals through the old system.
The civic body had launched the new system to clear proposals within 24 hours. The usual system takes a couple of months.
The scheme aims to make the process of getting permissions to build houses hassle-free by cutting down the number of visits one has to make of the PMC offices and the amount of time taken to clear the proposals.
Officials said its success can bring down the number of illegal constructions because people find the process of getting sanctions complicated in the usual system.
Architects have to register before submitting proposals. A special committee has been appointed to look into the proposals. Once a proposal reaches the administration, it will be cleared in a single working day.
"We have received 38 proposals, of which 35 have been cleared and three are in the process of being granted approval," said Vinod Kshirsagar, deputy engineer with the building permission department.
Data shows that the administration had received 26 proposals in the first month. In two months, only 12 proposals have been added. Builders have been more forthcoming than individual house owners. About 4,500 building permissions are granted every year of which 375 are in the civic limits.
"People who have used the new system have appreciated its merits. We hope they will spread the word and we will get a better response," said a senior official of the building permission department, requesting anonymity,
"We have received many inquires, but the actual proposals that have come up for clearance are few. We have observed that, normally during January and February, builders or citizens who wish to build houses, wait for the budget. They prefer to keep their proposals on hold in the hope of getting better facilities for the housing sector in the budgets. Such factors reduce the number of proposal."
Building permissions and development charges are an important source of income for the civic body. The administration generates around Rs 600 crore per year by giving these permissions.