Claiming that there is no corruption in the government, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said that his government has been expanding online services to various departments for ease of doing business and convenience to the public.
Speaking to reporters after launching the online Building Plan Approval Management System (BPAMS), initiated by the town and country planning department for single-dwelling units, Sawant said with this innovative step, the TCP department, which was lagging behind with regard to online services for the last many years, has started moving forward. He said many departments have already shifted to the online service mode and the government will announce more such initiatives before August 15.
Appreciating the efforts of Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant ‘Babu’ Kavlekar, who also holds the TCP portfolio, and the technical team of the department, the Chief Minister said this online service system will save time of the general public.
“Earlier it took almost three to four months for approval of the building plan. Now I think it would take only four days,” he said, adding that it is the endeavour of his government to bring all kinds of plan approvals online in the near future. Sawant also said that in order to resolve the connectivity issue, the government is in the process of granting approval to 15 more mobile towers in the next
Deputy Chief Minister Kavlekar said that initially the department has launched the building plan approval management system only for single-dwelling units. He, however, said that there will be more online services in the department in the near future.
The TCP Minister also said the goal of the initiative is to provide faster and hassle-free clearances for land development and building construction approvals in a transparent manner. He said the initiative would also improve Goa’s ranking under ease of doing business.
The system is an automated end-to-end process design to cover the registration of professionals and architects, submission of building plan, online payment of processing fee, infrastructure tax etc and a provision to track the status of application, and intimation of the same to the applicant is facilitated through SMS and email.
The Indian Institute of Architects, Goa Chapter, has welcomed the launch of the Building Plan Approval Management System by the town and country planning department.
“Considering post COVID-19 challenges to be faced as well as transparency, and consistent clarity in approval system, this is a very good step in facing the digital era for approval procedures in Goa,” said Manguesh Prabhugaonker, chairman of IIA, Goa Chapter.
“Long term, this is a huge step at TCP in terms of professional and time-bound services to the building industry,” he added.