In a pro-people move, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will give drinking water connection to buildings up to 13.5 metre height without completion certificate. Mayor Sovan Chatterjee said many builders had handed over flats to the buyers without applying for completion certificate (CC).
After the construction of any building is completed, the builder is supposed to inform the KMC who
in turn inspects the building and if it has been constructed as per the sanctioned plan they issue completion certificate on the basis of which, the flat owners apply for water and sewer connections.
In absence of CC, the flat owners land up in trouble and run from the pillar to post to get water connection. Chatterjee said this would help flat owners to get water connection. “Many people had approached me and told me about their problem. The decision will help many people who have been suffering for many years,” the Mayor said.
It may be recalled that Chatterjee is moving towards paperless KMC office. The e-payment of property tax bill has helped thousands of tax payers who do not have to stand in queues.
For new buildings, the building plans are required to be submitted online. The civic authorities examine the plans and in case of any confusion, a meeting is held between the KMC officials, the architect or LBS and the owner to sort out the impasse.
As the KMC has the building plan while giving CC, the corporation can check whether the construction has been done as per the sanctioned plan and if minor deviations are spotted they are regularised by payment of fine. Similarly, the application for sewer connection is done online.
Chatterjee said the KMC is committed to provide better facilities to people and when problems crop up, they are addressed immediately.