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BMC to put up approved building plans on its website

Q: I think this is one of the important move taken by BMC and this will help many people.


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It is good step to streamline the planning process.The major problem with the ongoing practice is lack of coordination between BMC and BDA as plan approval by BDA is subject to BMCs NOC. Since a single agency will do the exercise from now on.

Hi Harmeet,

you are right, it is great new for Bhubaneshwar development plan and now BDA is taking care of outer part of Bhubaneshwar.It will sort out the problem of approval process which involved both BDA and BMC.

At present, before starting any construction, individuals and developers have to approach BDA for its approval. However, it asks them to get no objection certificates (NOCs) from BMC for drain and road connectivity. "Since two agencies are involved, there is lack of coordination, which delays the approval process," said a senior government officer. Under the Odisha Right to Public Service Act, there is a deadline of 60 days to approve any building plan. But often, BDA finds it difficult to meet the time limit.

Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) now going to approved building plan in Bhubaneshwar. as per TOI The BDA Advisory Board, under the chairmanship of housing and urban development minister Pushpendra Singhdeo on November 11, decided that BMC would approve housing plans in areas under its jurisdiction.


Really good step taken by BMC. Now a days many illegal constructions are build up, so this BMC step is prevent this.

Now-a-days I have seen most potential flat buyers are ignorant about the documents required to establish a building's legality and fall for illegal flats. Obtaining certain critical documents can make life easier for them. These documents include building plans sanctioned by BMC and occupation certificate of a building.

I must say the BMC's move to put up a list of building permissions has come at the right time. It however said that it will take some time to display all the approved plans on the website as it needs to compile a massive amount of data. The municipal body is also working with RTI activists and technical advisory committee to make its functioning more transparent.

The municipal corporation's move comes in the wake of increasing right to information (RTI) related applications regarding illegal constructions in the city. Illegal constructions are rampant in Mumbai and its suburbs. Most of these illegal buildings either collapse or are demolished by BMC. Individual flat owners are the ones who usually bear the brunt of these illegal buildings. The recent Campa Cola incident was an apt example.

As far as I know there were also suggestions for the BMC to put up a list of buildings whose building plans were sanctioned, which would help potential buyers to identify legal buildings.
Ashish Sharma,  Mumbai
12th December 2013

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to put up a list of all its approved building permissions on its website. This can prove helpful for thousands of home buyers in Mumbai as this list will give out information about the legal structures in various locations in Mumbai. This move will be however in opposition to the State Information Commission's order of restricting information about plans.

Most buildings in Mumbai do not have original building plans or the occupation certificate (OC). According to the Bombay High Court, moving into these buildings and flats is termed illegal. However, several ignorant people tend to buy these flats and eventually pay a price.
12th December 2013


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