Meerut: A new policy in Uttar Pradesh that allowed registered architects to approve building maps was allegedly misused by workers of the Meerut Development Authority (MDA) who submitted fake IDs of architects to illegally sanction hundreds of maps and pocket crores of rupees as “fees” from house owners.
The MDA has ordered a probe into the matter after a delegation of local architects met the MDA secretary, Praveena (who uses her first name), on Saturday and sought an investigation.
Prior to March 2020, local development authorities in UP used to approve all maps. Then the UP government brought out a policy allowing architects to approve and upload building maps on Uttar Pradesh Online Building Plan Approval System Portal (UPOBPAS). There were two conditions to this — the construction area should be 300 sq m or less and located in an authorised colony. All architects would earn a certain amount of fee from the client for passing each map ranging…

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