MAHUD Minister Y Khemchand on Tuesday announced that the Online Building Permission System (OBPS) will be launched on Thursday, and the system can be utilised in a week afterwards.
He was speaking at the observation of Manipur Architects' Forum’s ninth foundation day at City Convention, Imphal, during which a discussion on Imphal Municipal Corporation Building Bye-Laws was conducted as a part of the observation in the presence of former bureaucrat RK Nimai and chief town planner N Benju.
Regarding the public opinion on construction of cycle lanes in Imphal, Khemchand announced that 100 e-cycles are ready and 21 parking spaces have been constructed, and they will be launched soon.
Nimai expressed concern that the city has become highly unsystematic. It would not be possible to restore the system of having lots of water bodies in and around Imphal city which existed around 40 years ago; however, the city can work towards mitigating the loss, he said.
Concerning the violation of principles and rules, Nimai said that planting of various species without applying rules is also a factor for making a city uncomfortable to live in. Denying rules, regulation and laws may lead to bigger issues in the future, he said.
He further said that interior designers have also become architects in a state like Manipur. Architecture should not be mixed with designing, he said. He said that architects in the state should not become lobbyists.
Nimai further drew the attention of MAHUD minister to look into the matter of delimitation of greater Imphal and the expanding jurisdiction of Imphal Corporation before the IMC election.
Manipur Architects Forum president Aribam Joychandra Sharma said that in connection with foundation day, a discussion on building bye-laws is being organised to provide suggestions or opinion while amending building bye-laws.
Chief Town Planner/state mission director of AMRUT, Town Planning Manipur N Benju praised all architects who took part in creating the Online Building Permission System (OBPS).