BBMP conducts a test for construction professionals, and outcome is not good

Pass percentage is just 30

It makes good business sense for architects, supervisors and structural and civil engineers to be registered with the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). However, that coveted stamp of recognition is no longer easy to come by.

In February this year, the BBMP's Town Planning Department started conducting interviews and tests for professionals who wish to register with the civic body. Candidates are tested on their knowledge of the BBMP’s Building By-laws 2003, the Bangalore Development Authority’s Revised Master Plan 2015 and orders from the National Green Tribunal.

Unfortunately, the success rate of applicants has been dismal. Though around 50 professionals have taken the test, the pass percentage is just around 30, sources said.

“We were initially shocked to see their answers and the low pass percentage. After the test is completed, a few of us sit with the candidates to take them through the answers and guide them on where they went wrong,” said a civic official.

The BBMP conducts these tests every working Saturday. The first test was conducted on February 23, and subsequently on March 2 and March 16. Candidates have to answer at least 10 of the 15-16 multiple choice questions correctly.

Sources said this was one of the initiatives taken towards making BBMP's building plan approval management system successful and progressive through stakeholder awareness and participation. It is aimed at spreading awareness, capacity building and giving due importance to the existing building by-laws and zonal regulations. According to civic officials, non-compliance with these rules and regulations is resulting in large-scale violations and deviations in building constructions.

The registration of professionals is a requirement under the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, 1976, and allows professionals to upload plans on the BBMP's building plan approval management system. It is a declaration of their knowledge of the existing rules and regulations.

According to sources, until now, the process was largely arbitrary. “Licences were granted after casual interactions. There were also instances of nepotism. All this has come to an end with the tests, as we will give registrations only once they score well,” they said.

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