**Bhubaneswar**: In a bid to provide quick and transparent service to people, Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) on Friday decided that it will receive all applications for building plan approval/renewal/addition or alteration, relating to any plan only through online mode via e-BPAS (Building Plan Approval Automation System) from August 1, 2017.
Manual receipt of all applications shall be closed by July 31, 2017 to ensure better transparency and faster service. It would also help in translating the concept of Ease of Doing Business to reality in the real-estate sector.
For providing assistance to the citizens, architects and technical persons using the online system, the Citizen Service Centre functional in Samanta Vihar Market, Chandrasekharpur, near Kalinga Hospital Square will now be designated as the Building Plan Application Centre (BPAC). This center shall assist all concerned in use of e-BPAS system for submission of applications. The BPAC shall be made fully operational by deploying adequate staff.
It can be mentioned here that the Odisha Development Authority (Common Application Form) Rules, 2016 have been notified vide extraordinary issue No. 1779 of the Odisha Gazette dated 05.10.2016 by the Housing and Urban Development Department of the Government of Odisha. Now e-BPAS software has also been developed by the State Government to automate the processes of Building Plan Approval. While all the Urban Local Bodies / Development Authorities of the State of Odisha are mandated to carry out building plan approval, layout approval, issue of occupancy certificate, etc. in a single window system using a Common Application Form in a time bound manner, an online application called e-BPAS has been developed as a pilot for Bhubaneswar City and Puri for the purpose.
For the operationalization of e-BPAS application, one can explore the link on the BDA website “www.bdabbsr.in”. The simple process is as per following:
Home Page —> Planning & Development Tab —> Building Plan Automation System.
A help desk shall also be set up in BPAC Center by the Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (ILFS) team to assist citizens, architects and technical persons in technical matters related to software use.