Giving relief to the home buyers, the Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) has got rid of requirement for a site inspection which was earlier mandatory and has replaced it with self-certification system from January 1, 2018, under which residents of licensed colonies are allowed to submit self-certified drawings and other documents through an authorised architect to receive an occupation certificate (OC), according to a report by Times of India. This development has eased the process for those who have followed norms while building their own houses.
This means that if self-certification is found to be in accordance with rules, then the department will issue the OC within eight working days. As per the report, the first person who followed the self-certification process for availing an occupation certificate (OC) for her house, got it in just six days. The woman named Shashi Makkar had applied for an OC on January 4 and received it on January 10.
People have already started applying through the new process and the department has received 10 such applications so far. District town planner (DTP) R S Batth said that the step has been taken to ensure that the genuine, law-abiding citizens don’t face any inconvenience. However, he added that the department will not overlook any violation of building code, etc.
The Department of Town & Country Planning, Haryana is the nodal department to enable regulated urban development in the State of Haryana. The department works with an aim to encourage a healthy competition amongst various private developers and public sector entities for integrated planned urban development.
It is also responsible for tendering advisory services to various Departments / Corporations / Boards such HUDA, Housing Board, HSIIDC, Marketing Board. In order to meet the requirement of different uses, the department also grants licenses to the private colonizers to develop residential and commercial colonies in urban areas under the provisions of the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975.