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TSBPASS bill passed in the Assembly

Hyderabad: The Telangana State Building Permissions and Self Certification Systems bill 2020 (TSBPASS) has been passed by the state assembly today. The bill aims to bring in a more transparent process and assures service within timelines with minimal official intervention.

Introducing the bill in the state assembly, the Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development K T Rama Rao said that Tsbpass is a remarkable legislation in the history of Municipal reforms.

The system is aimed at fast track building approval with minimal documentation. The government aims to ensure a transparent delivery of citizen services in a speedy manner.

He further stated that it is a first of its kind and is a fully automated, completely transparent and citizen friendly system. Under the system permissions will be issued in a time bound manner without any delay. It’s a single window approval for building permission without any human interface

Referring to the role of town planning teams, the minister said that it will be minimized with regard to the building permissions. They will be henceforth deployed to focus on District Urban Master planning, Road Widening and Road development plans, Municipal Waste Management Plans, GIS based Planning for Civic Infrastructure and Other Futuristic Planning related works.

The Minister informed the house that in the present DPMS System for building/layout permissions (launched in 2014), irrespective of plot size, files were being processed and applicants had to wait for a couple of months with occasional complaints on the officials.

Though DPMS was a significant effort in moving from paper based to online digital service delivery, further improvements were felt to ease the process of issuing building & layout permissions.

Explaining the salient features of the bill, the minister said that post verification will be done in 21 days during which applicants shall not commence construction activity. Post verification process will be monitored by the District level TS-bPASS Committee chaired by the District Collector.

Action will be taken on officials for deemed clearances after 21 days. Revoke of Certificate of Registration obtained through online registration or Self certification online approvals will be done if any misrepresentations or violations found during post verification, he added.

He stated that scrutiny and processing will be done by cross-department teams. Only error free DCR drawings are accepted by the system to avoid shortfalls.

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A regulatory mechanism has been set up which will be monitored by the State Level TS-bPASS Committee chaired by the Principal Secretary, MA&UD. Similarly in the districts, it is governed by the District level TS-bPASS Committee chaired by District Collector to monitor the progress of the applications and deemed approval.

A State Level Chasing Cell for departmental follow-ups has been set up. State Level Central Support System to ensure that every grievance/issue reported is attended. Applicants will be updated via SMS at every stage. (INN)

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