DTCP introduced a software for automated online plan scrutiny a fortnight ago. Dubbed as a game-changer in processing building plans, the web-enabled e-dcr software would generate a compliance report to ensure that the proposed plan adheres to all stipulated rules. The facility is meant to speed up scrutiny process and eliminate manual errors. However, architects said it was difficult to prepare drawings as specified by the new software.
The Salem-based Association of Licensed Building Suveyors said the e-initiative was brought in without prior intimation. “The software is not user-friendly. We are finding it difficult to make drawings for building plans as the software has 96 different lines indicating each component of a building such as doors, windows and kitchen. It is a laborious and time-consuming process,” association president A Natarajan said.
On an average the LPA of Salem city corporation and DTCP regional office would receive around 15 and 40 applications respectively for building plan approvals. “But hardly any application was submitted since the online process was launched,” he said. Training had not been provided to licensed surveyors ahead of the spftware launch, he added.
The member secretaries of LPAs and regional deputy directors of DTCPs had been designated to issue plan permits for residential buildings, group developments and special building with up to 50 dwelling units, besides commercial and institutional buildings with floor area not exceeding 2500sq m
The order comes at a time when the real estate sector is seeing a dip in construction activities following the ban on registration of unauthorised plots. N Mani, president of the Association of Civil Engineers, Madurai, said the new had come as a double whammy. “Though the online system is meant to cut on time, we feel it would cause further delays,” he said.
DTCP officials said the system was functioning effectively. An official with LPA, Coimbatore, said there was no dip in the number of applications for plan permissions. “Normally, we get 60 applications every month and there is no drop in numbers in the past 10 days,” the official said. Another DTCP officer in Kancheepuram district noted that there are no grievances from architects, while adding that more feedback is expected from users in the coming days.