Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK), the city’s development authority, officially launched an online platform on Sunday to facilitate applications for approval for the development of new structures.
The platform, called the Electronic Building Permit System (PEC), will also help applicants save their time and money throughout the process.
Minister of State for Housing and Public Works (MoHPW) Sharif Ahmed inaugurated the ECP system at a ceremony hosted by RAJUK’s Urban Resilience Project (URP) at a hotel in the city.
MoHPW Secretary Md Shahid Ullah Khandaker and World Bank Disaster Management Specialist Swarna Kazi attended the ceremony as special guests, while Professor M. Shamim Z Bosunia, Civil Engineer renowned, was the guest of honor.
RAJUK President ABM Amin Ullah Noori presided over the ceremony during which two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on ECPS were also signed.
RAJUK President Amin Ullah Noori, Institution of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB) Secretary General Md. Shahadat Hossain and Institution of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) President Mubasshar Hussain signed the MoUs on behalf of their respective organizations.
URP Project Director Abdul Latif Helaly briefed the public on the project and ECPS.
According to the organizers, the ECP system is an electronic tool under the URP to administer and implement the overall building construction approval process, including the application, plan verification, approval and certificate of approval. ‘occupation. The World Bank provided financial support to the URP and a US-based consultancy firm, RTI International, provided the other necessary support.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State Sharif Ahmed said that the ECP system has been developed under the guidelines of a world-class consulting firm involving qualified professionals aimed at ensuring smooth service for all work of construction as soon as possible.
“With the introduction of the system, all activities from the application process to the certificate of occupancy will be completed online,” he said.
Professor Shamim Z Bosunia said it was imperative for developers to strictly follow the building code to ensure building safety.
Implementing the building code could also minimize losses in any natural disaster, he said, adding that the country is in an earthquake-prone area.
According to the organizers, an applicant through the ECP system will be able to see application updates using any device. An applicant will also be able to deposit money for various service fees online, using digital payment gateways and mobile financial services.