Bengaluru to soon have online approval of building plans

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The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palika (BBMP) has decided to cut through the red tape and ease the procedure for getting building plan approvals. Citizens would soon be able to get their building plans approved online, with executive engineers at the division level being authorised to approve the plans.  The authority to approve the plans hitherto rested with zonal town planning officers.

Additionally, the E-khatha system announced in the BBMP budget would allow citizens to upload the required documents and get their khatas online. Property tax collection is set to be streamlined with the help of the Geographic Information System (GIS) being developed by the BBMP in collaboration with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), said MK Gunashekar, Chairman of the BBMP standing committee (finance and taxation).

“We have identified nearly 19 lakh properties using spatial mapping. All properties within BBMP limits will be assigned a unique digital identification number soon,” Gunashekar added.

A digital survey of malls, tech parks and other commercial establishments will be undertaken to ensure accurate evaluation of property tax.

To make services easily available to citizens, BBMP owned buildings would also be entrusted to the e-governance department and Bangalore One Centres would be established in the same.