Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

Bharatpur Metropolitan City commences Digital Building Permit System

Bharatpur Metropolitan City (BMC) has commenced ‘Digital Building Permit System’. Mayor Renu Dahal from the City and NSET’s Executive Director Mr. Surya Narayan Shrestha jointly launched the Building Permit Software at a formal program organized at Bharatpur of Chitwan on Aug20,2021. The Digital Building Permit Software was developed by NSET as part of technical assistance to BMC. The system was brought into operation with digital approval of a house design of Ms. Sushma KC from Ward no. 9 of BMC.

In the launching program, Mayor Dahal remarked that the software had been just a start of the BMC’s broader e-governance goal and it would help general people get service through online without much hassle. She added that this would also contribute to BMC’s effective service delivery mechanism and promote transparency.

Mr. Bhoj Raj Khatiwada, Chief Administrative Officer of BMC said that BMC went on to introduce the Software after the long efforts and series of discussions. He further stated that the service delivery of BMC will also improve and contribute on good governance and accountability of the employees with the effective implementation of the software.

Speaking at the program, NSET Executive Director, Mr. Surya Naryan Shrstha shared that the software would contribute to BMC’s goal of making it to a smart city through building organized buildings and safer city. Highlighting the multi-purpose features of the Building Permit Software, he added that it would also increase the accountability of the BMC employees except getting a hassle-free service by common people.

Mr. Suman Pradhan, Manager of the Technical Support for Resilient Community (TESREC) program of NSET, shared that the Software would make Consultancies and the BMC more responsible in delivering the service to the common people. “Once the consultancies enter the details and house designs into the software, then it is checked by the municipal engineers at Building Permit section of municipality and if all the details are found correct it would be approved for further process”, Mr. Pradhan remarked.

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