MYSURU: Faced with increasing cases of violation of building bylaws, Mysuru City Corporation is taking technological assistance to curtail the trend.
The oldest civic body in the state plans to introduce online facility for submission of applications seeking permission to construct buildings. The plan is to simplify the process and bring in transparency, and in this, it's seeking to learn from two of India's biggest cities - Bengaluru and Pune.
A team from MCC visited Pune Municipal Corporation and studied the online facility where residents who apply for building plans get approval electronically. MCC has got feedback from Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) too.
The problem in the city is there are far too many cases of violation of building bylaws. We are seeking to curtail it with the help of available technology, MCC commissioner CG Betsurmath told TOI. The idea is to curtail the practice right from the beginning, when the plan is submitted for approval. "When the application is submitted online, the facility accepts it only if the specifications are met," he stated. MCC is seeking to develop software based on various regulations it has specified for different zones.
Betsurmath said the present process is tedious and there are complaints of undue delays. "We're planning to implement the online system to govern building norms from the first quarter of the next fiscal," he said.
In Pune, architects and licensed engineers have to apply for plan approval. We are thinking of simplifying it so the owner applies directly, JS Jagadish, member of the MCC standing committee on works, explained. The panel members visited Pune Municipal Corporation and studied the process. It's helped the locals, he said, adding that the plan would be approved online and completion record (CR) issued electronically. The standing committee has approved of it and will place it before the Council, the MCC's apex body, he said.
MCC is facing criticism from several quarters for its inability to curb violation of building bylaws. A case in point is commercial use of the basement, meant for parking vehicles. Though the issue was discussed at a meeting of the Lok Adalat where the civic body accepted the lapse and agreed to clear them some six months ago, it hasn't been able to do so.
MCC officials said the town planning wing receives around 50 applications a day for plan approval.