Jaipur : Architects will now issue the completion certificate to the high-rise buildings in the state. The urban development and housing (UDH) department has constituted a panel of 10 architects to issue certificate to high rises in development authorities , urban improvement trust and local bodies.

It is mandatory for developers to procure completion certificate who are constructing buildings upto or above15 meters . Similarly, if height is less than 15 meters , but area of a plot size is more than 5,000 sq meter , the developer requires a completion certificate from the civic body. " After constituting a panel , the order were released on Monday. This order became effective in all the 191 urban local bodies (ULB) , development authority from Tuesday." said a senior UDH official

In present scenario, completion certificate is issued after receiving a town planning department nod that building is constructed as per the approved layout plan. " The officials do not visit the sites and issue completion certificate without any inspection. The department claims that there is shortage of staff and inspecting each building is no possible. This has led to many illegal practices in past." said senior official.

Now, too the developers have to submit layout plan after getting it verified by the registered architect firm. One the construction is completed , the panel member would inspect the site to issue completion certificate. Incase , architect find a fault in the construction a case will be registered against the developer under council of architects.

The urban local bodies will also have to issue certificate within three days time after a developer applies to procure certificate.

The number of residential apartments in the recent past have increased at an exponential rate with 20,000 apartments under construction in the state capital itself. This is the reason , out of 10 panel members , 8 are appointed for Jaipur. These panel members have been appointed area wise. For instance Vikas Wadhwa will be responsible for issuing completion certificate to high rises in Raja Park area.