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New reform streamlines building design approvals

  • Published at 10:34 pm February 13th, 2019
web-Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim
Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim chairs a meeting at the Secretariat on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 PID

The minister was briefing reporters after a meeting at the Secretariat when he announced the reform

Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim announced on Wednesday that it will be easier to approve building designs from now on.

The minister was briefing reporters after a meeting at the Secretariat when he announced the reform.

He said that new building designs in areas under the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha(Rajuk), Chittagong Development Authority (CDA), and others will need approval from only four organizations.

They are:

1. Clearance for land use from Rajuk, CDA, or other concerned authorities

2. NOC from the Civil Aviation Authority (not applicable for areas where there is no movement of aircraft and a gazette will be required in this regard).

3. NOC from law enforcement agencies for constructing buildings near Key Point Installations (KPI) like the Bangabhaban and the PMO

4. NOC from the Fire Service (only for construction of buildings more than 10 stories).

The housing and public works minister said an automation process introduced in the design approval has helped cut down the approval time from 150 days to only 53 days at a lower cost.

He said people can apply online for plan approvals, which will phase out the manual application process from May 1 in order to cut out all unnecessary hassle and brokers from the process.

The minister also declared that drives will continue against those who construct buildings violating rules and regulations.