Mumbai: In a citizen-friendly move that promises to bring much-needed transparency in the housing sector, the BMC has brought the entire building proposal system online.
It has so far uploaded as many as 1.7 lakh building files, some dating back to 1954. There are around 2.8 lakh buildings in the city, according to the BMC’s assessment department records. In other words, 61% of building proposals are already online, details of which are just a click away.
All you need to do is key in the ward name, street name, the CTS (cadastral survey number) number or the file number on the site to get required information, including the project status in case of an under-construction project, plan drawings, number of floors that were approval, when the approval came in, and details of the architect and the developer.
With the building proposal system moving online, from the time a proposal is submitted, it would move in a parallel manner to different departments for clearance and could get passed in much less time than now.
Vinod Chitore, chief engineer, development plan (DP) department, said the civic body is still in the process of uploading more files. “While 1.7 lakh files of Mumbai buildings have already been uploaded, approximately 15,000 more still need to be put up. We have already begun the process of uploading these files. Citizens will also be able to see the exact status of an ongoing building project on the website ,” said Chitore.
Civic officials said this option will reduce their burden of providing information on building proposals that activists often seek under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. “Also, if someone wants details of a particular building proposal in case of litigation, he or she can visit the website,” said a civic official.
“While we did begin the process in May 2015 on a trial basis, it was only on May 15, 2016, that the entire system was brought online. There would not be any human interference in any of the proposals and once submitted on the website, it would go to different departments in a parallel manner for clearance. In the past, a proposal has taken up to a year to get cleared. However, with the new system, it can be cleared in 60 days,” said Chitore.
Now, all approvals for a project, at every stage, must be sought and given on its website with digitized signatures, including that of municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta. A project’s status will be updated online and can be accessed by all.
The BMC building proposal department has been repeatedly criticized in the past as files are known to lie in a particular department for an excessively long period. With the new system, though, the online proposal will give exact details of where it has been stuck as well as the reason for the delay. Fee acceptance and no-objection certificate (NOC) requirements of various departments such as fire, the superintendent of garden and roads, among others, can also be processed online. This move is aimed at improving the ease of doing business.
The BMC is also working on bringing the GIS (geographic information system) mapping into the system. “We are working on integrating the new online system with GIS, which would make all buildings and its area available to us virtually at any time. However, this will take time,” added Chitore.
HOW TO ZERO IN ON A PROJECT
If you wish to search for the proposal of a specific under construction of a ready building online, here’s what you must do:
- Go to the BMC website homepage www.mcgm.gov.in
- Click on ‘Online Building Plan Approval System’ tab
- Once you click on it, it will take you to the page http://autodcr.mcgm.gov.in/SWC.Client/Login.aspx, where there would be the option of ‘Citizens Search’ http://autodcr.mcgm.gov.in/CitizenSearch/CitizenSearch.aspx
- On the ‘Citizens Search’ link you need to enter details such as the name of the applicant, architect, property address, ward and zone to access the project status