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Govt eases building planning process

Applicants to get clearance in 53 days instead of existing 150 days

Published : Thursday, 14 February, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 223

The Housing and Public Works Ministry has decided to ease the building design approval system in the country's urban area. From now on, the applicants will need only four levels clearance for getting approval of building designs instead of existing 16 levels.

The authorities concerned have been asked to reduce approval period to 53 days from the existing 150 days. "The system will ease public sufferings and cost," claimed Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim on Wednesday.
The Minister made the disclosure at the Secretariat while briefing media after a view exchange meeting with Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) on easing the services of Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (RAJUK) and Chattogram Unnayan Katripakkha (CHAUK).

After the meeting, SM Rezaul Karim  said earlier the applicants required approval from 16 authorities for passing building plan in the areas under RAJUK, CHAUK and others. From now on, they will need approval of only four organizations. At the same time, they will need only 53 days instead of 150 days to get the approval.

According to the decision, the applicants will need clearance for land use, non-objection certificate (NOC) from Civil Aviation Authority, NOC from law enforcement agencies for constructing buildings near Key Point Installations (KPI) including Bangabhaban and PMO, and NOC from the Fire Service.
However, NOC from the Civil Aviation Authority will be needed only for those areas where aircrafts move randomly. In that case, a gazette will be required. At the same time, NOC from the Fire Service and Civil Defence authorities will be needed for construction of more than 10-storey buildings.

Rezaul Karim said automation process has been introduced in design approval which will also reduce time. Now, anyone will be able to apply for plan approval through online. If the all the requirements are fulfilled, the online application will be accepted.

He said the manual process of design approval will be stopped after May 1. Then, all procedures will be completed through online, which will reduce unnecessary hassles and presence of middleman. The minister said the authority concerned will continue its drives against those who constructed buildings violating rules and regulations.

The Minister further said they are going to introduce compulsory insurance system for construction of buildings like other countries across the world. The developers and builders will have to pay the compensation for any kind of damage to buildings.

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