Calcutta, March 16: Building a house will become a bit easier as Calcuttans will soon be able to calculate their building sanction fee on their own or get a completion certificate in half the time it takes now.
“We are going to issue completion certificates through a computerised system,” mayor Sovan Chatterjee said while presenting the Calcutta Municipal Corporation’s (CMC) budget today.
“We are planning to provide a sanction-fee calculator to the citizens on the CMC web portal. This will enable citizens to get an idea of the approximate project-sanction cost,” he added.
Sources in the civic body’s building department said getting a completion certificate from the CMC was a lengthy process now and took between one and two months. “It will be possible to get the certificates in a fortnight under the system proposed today,” an official said. The civic body now keeps only hard copies of completion certificates and getting a duplicate is difficult.
“We have to bring out old files if a person seeks a duplicate certificate. So, it takes a lot of time to issue the duplicate. The process will become a lot simpler now because of the computerisation,” the official said.
People often face hassles in obtaining completion certificates at the time of mutation after purchasing flats. In most cases, the developers do not pass on copies of the completion certificates to the flat owners.
The sanction fee calculator will be of greater help, CMC officials said, as people will be able to calculate the fee on their own and not have to depend on civic officials and engineers. Citizens often complain of harassment by CMC officials and engineers.
Toeing Mamata Banerjee’s populist line, the mayor did not announce any tax hike. The budget constraints of the civic body were apparent as no new project was announced.
Chatterjee placed a Rs 2812.26-crore budget, Rs 264.67 crore more than the revised estimate for 2012-13. The estimated deficit was Rs 145.41 crore for 2013-14.
The mayor announced that more trident lamps would be installed under the city beautification scheme, for which Rs 10 crore has been allocated.