Kathmandu, October 4
The Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management Programme (CDRMP) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with Kirtipur Municipality has officially launched Electronic Building Permit System (e-BPS) in Kirtipur Municipality today.
e-BPS is a web-based application software suite which has been developed to assist municipalities to improve their current building permit process and to maintain current building records.
Amid the launching ceremony, State Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development Shree Prasad Jabegu said that the application will allow citizens to get their building permits in an easy, transparent and accountable way.
Similarly, UNDP Deputy Country Director Sophie Kemkhadze highlighted that adoption of e-BPS is fully linked with national building code compliant construction that contributes towards achievement of Building Back Better (BBB) goal in Nepal.
e-BPS is a distributed system and can be accessed from both municipal head offices as well as their respective ward offices. The system also allows citizens to submit as well as track their application(s) and their status respectively over the internet. It enables municipal staff members to maintain a building permit database and ensure National Building Code and Building By-laws compliance for individual buildings through an intuitive web interface, according to the CDRMP.
Kathmandu Metropolitan City has already adopted e-BPS with support from UNDP and Department for International Development (DFID) in 14 wards of KMC from 2015 and expanded it to all 35 wards.
A version of this article appears in print on October 05, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.