Lokayukta Pushes Hdmc To Check Delays In Issuing Building Permissions, ET RealEstate

October 13, 2023

DHARWAD: Lokayukta superintendent of police Satish Chitagubbi has instructed the officials of Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) to take immediate measures to find out a solution to the delay in issuing building permissions to people.

Many people planning to build their house are blaming HDMC for the inordinate delay in issuing building permission (building licence) as they have been running from pillar to post for this document.

However, civil engineers and consultants have also urged the HDMC and the district minister Santosh Lad to solve this issue, but the problem persists.

This matter was brought to the notice of district Lokayukta. During a public grievance meeting conducted by district Lokayukta at HDMC office, Dharwad on Thursday, SP Lokayukta took up this issue and instructed the officials to look into the issue pertaining to delay in approving building permissions.

During the meeting, Lokayukta SP Satish said there have been oral complaints from the public regarding delay in issuing building permissions – that it is causing hurdles to construct houses. SP has strictly instructed engineers and officers of HDMC to sort out this issue on priority by holding a meeting.

He said that after receiving applications from the public, officials need to sort out the issue, deputy director of town planning and other officers should hold meetings to find out a solution to avoid the delay. It should be sorted out at the earliest to facilitate the public to construct their dream houses without any delay, SP Satish added.

Shankar Patil, HDMC 12 zonal commissioner and other HDMC officials assured that they are trying their best to deal with technical problems with the server and Nirmana application to give permissions. “We will take steps to issue permissions at zonal level within the stipulated period,” they said.

SK Patil, civil consulting engineer, Dharwad told TOI: “We are glad now this matter has come to the notice of the Lokayukta. According to norms, we are supposed to get permission within 21 days. Despite submitting all documents, the HDMC is causing unnecessary delays by demanding documents like NA certificates for sites which are already registered with CTS numbers and demanding soil test reports. Moreover, the Nirmana app’s software is also not working properly for the past few days, causing hurdles in applying for permission online.”

“At least now, with the intervention of the Lokayukta, we are hopeful that HDMC officials will deal with this matter and help the public avail permission within 21 days as per norms,” he said.

  • Published On Oct 13, 2023 at 05:00 PM IST

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