Online approval of building plans aims to curb graft
The idea is to reduce face-to-face interaction completely so that there are no chances of bribery
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is taking steps towards tackling departmental corruption by approving building plans online. The scheme, which starts in January, will be on trail basis along with the manual process.
According to an order issued by the Additional Commissioner of MCD, Engineering, prospective home owners could now submit their building plans through their architects for online approval. “The idea behind the move was to reduce face-to-face interaction completely so that there are no chances of bribery,” MCD spokesperson Yogendra Singh Mann told TEHELKA. “This will help reduce red tape and make the process more efficient and speedy.”
After all pending building plans are looked into till March, the online system will become mandatory. The system was already tested in November 2011 while building the department headquarters and was subsequently extended to the South Zone and Rohini Zone. Since November, about 15 plans have been approved online for the headquarters while four building plans okayed in the South and Rohini zones.
“So far, the number of approvals has been low because there isn’t enough awareness among homeowners and architects about the online scheme, but things will surely pick up. We are training our architects to increase awareness about the system,” said Mann.
Pradeep Singh, architect with Afflatus Design Studio, prefers to not interact with the MCD though he believes the new system could improve things. “Having heard from many architects stories of bribery and harassment while trying to get building plans approved, I decided to limit my work to Harayana. I don’t intend to work in Delhi regardless of this move,” he says.
While the online system was earlier restricted to only two MCD zones, it will now be operational in all the 12 zones. Registered architects will be allotted a unique login id which they can use to upload their building plans. Details of other required documents are available on www.mcdonline.gov.in. However, the link on the MCD website through which building plans can be uploaded is often unavailable.