Bhubaneshwar: The state government has decided to delegate the urban planning mission to the Collectivités Locales d’Urbanisme (ULB), an official said during the orientation workshop for municipal engineers on the approval of construction plans held here Thursday.

The 74th law amending the Constitution provides for the delegation of the town planning function to the ULBs.

“In line with the spirit of these amendments, the state government has already delegated planning functions to five municipalities: Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur and Rourkela. It will soon be delegated to all ULBs. The move will greatly benefit the residents,” the official said during the two-day workshop which aimed to build the capacity of ULB nodal engineers.

The Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (H&UD), G Mathi Vathanan, who inaugurated the workshop, emphasized the transparent and efficient delivery of planning services to ensure citizen satisfaction and the ease of doing business through generous use of technology.

He also sensitized participants on ‘Mo Sarkar’ in which feedback from citizens is collected through direct interaction. The H&UD Secretary advised attendees to rise to the occasion and deliver services in an efficient manner.

The director of the municipal administration, Sangramjit Nayak, expressed his confidence in the proper execution of the urban planning functions in the ULBs.

He said: “It’s a big responsibility and ULBs need to be diligent in ensuring that the quality of service is not compromised and that no one is harassed by ULB employees.”

H&UD Deputy Secretary Sushant Mishra explained the statutory, functional and operational aspects of the planning departments.

Mishra said the online building plan system under “SUJOG” was developed to enable citizens to apply for building plan approvals and avail these services in a fully web-enabled and computerized environment.

Necessary changes to laws and rules have been made to standardize the processes involved in approving building plans and to standardize the practice across the state, he added.

The program will focus on regulatory and technical issues related to the approval of building plans and the regulation of unplanned growth in urban areas.