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HUDA goes digital for building plan approval

A new policy guideline by Haryana government to simplify building approval process and make way for transparency

In a major move towards going digital, Haryana Development Authority (HUDA) has decided to go online to ease the processes of building plan approval. All building plans have to be submitted online now and responsibility will be fixed to concerned architects to make assessments.

The Haryana Development Authority has abolished the existing manual system and put its new hi-tech system online for the entire state. This move is welcomed by entire developer fraternity hopping fast and easy approval and leaving no scope for corruption in the process, as the government is set to upload all such information and documents online to bring transparency in the system.

The state government was trying to put the system online for some time. The roadmap in this regard was prepared in May 2009 itself, and after seven years of hit and trial, the authority has finally managed to develop error-free software, titled ‘online approval of building plan’.

“The new online system is expected to ease the process of building plan approval and make it hassle-free. The digital system of sanctioning buildings and layout permissions will bring transparency in the approval system and even end-users can also trace the approved layout construction of the project. Prior to this, the existing system takes three to four months in approval,” says Ishwar Sharma of Ankur Realtors.

Baban Prasad Singh, who runs a property brokerage service in Gurgaon, says the online plan approval system is in public interest. The process will become simpler and everyone can access the document, approval status and remarks by authorities online.

In the past there have been many complaints of developers deceiving flat purchasers or investors by making fake claims regarding approved carpet and built-up and super built-up areas for under-constriction properties. Hopefully the new system will pile all information at one place that would be transparent and less-time consuming in case buyers want to verify it,” he says.

The notification for implementation of this online system was issued officially on June 15, 2016.

What was the process?

Under the old existing system, building plan approval was manual and time-consuming. The documented plan would pass through several prolonged and unmanageable processes. Normally, the applicant has to wait for much more than the given timeframe of minimum 21 days, causing unnecessary delays, irregularities and giving rise to more corruption in the system.

What is the new process?

According to experts, the new online process is enacted to hasten the old system and ensure homogeneous and uniform scrutiny throughout the state. As per HUDA notification, approval will be given to applicant in just six days under the new system.

Procedure for applying online  

The new online process is simple where the developer or owner initially has to fill the application online along with the drawings of building. These drawings are uploaded in an AutoCad format or in digital form on HUDA’s web portal, using the password and user ID of the architect registered with Huda. If the plan is technically approved by the AutoDCR (Automatic Development Control Rule), a printout of the plan, having signatures of the architect and the plot owner, along with required documents, will be submitted to the junior engineer.

The junior engineer will then submit a ground inspection report in two days, following which, the estate officer will take the final call on whether to approve or reject the plan.

What if plan is rejected?

Do not commit mistakes like uploading unsupported file format or not following the prescribed rules and regulations. Go through the instructions carefully and further proceed for quick approval. In case plan is not approved and sent for rejection, the concerned estate officer will have to give reason for the same. The current status of the online plan submission will be sent to the allotee through SMS, e-mail and post. Applicants can also see its status online using registered ID and password.