After the unified development control rules came into effect earlier this year, the KMC earned Rs 20 crore through premium and fees charged for building permission proposals. This was until the online system came into effect on experimental basis in five municipal corporations across the state. After the online system was activated and developers were asked to submit proposals online, the KMC could collect only Rs 8 lakh.
Vidyanand Bedekar, president of Kolhapur CREDAI, said, “Recently, we held a meeting with district guardian minister Satej Patil who also happens to be minister of state for information and technology. We are facing several difficulties in submitting the building proposals which is the first stage of the whole process. The system demands original plans and layouts that are available with the KMC and not with the developers. We have requested the minister to ask the KMC to upload all the earlier layouts of the plots. Also, there are other items that are sought for completing the submission, but these items create more confusion.”
The developers have demanded that both online and offline modes should be adopted. They even claimed that some other municipal corporations have allowed offline mode of submission of the layouts. However, the claim was denied by the state town planning officials and the demand was rejected as going back to the offline mode will be a regressive step and does away with the transparency required in the process.