The County Government of Kajiado has launched an electronic construction permit system that is expected to fast-rack development approval processes.
The Electronic Development Application Management System (e-DAMS), will help speed the construction permit process for builders, inspectors and plan reviewers thus promoting efficiency and curbing corruption.
All developers will now be required to submit e-permit registration before they embark on their projects.
Speaking during the launch Deputy Governor Martin Moshisho said the interactive eDAMS system will enable users access key county services at their own comfort regardless of their location.
Moshisho assured members of the public that the interactive system has incorporated views from various stakeholders and urged investors keen on development initiatives in the County to make use it to fast track their investment processes.
“Digitization of our services is not optional and we endeavor to fully digitize all our services so that members of the public have access to them with ease,” said Moshisho.
He added that the launch of the new system was timely considering the current global situation with Covid-19 since it will eliminate paperwork and physical interactions; situations that are likely to exacerbate the spread of the virus.
County Executive Member for Lands, Hamilton Parseina, said the qualitative system will do away with subjective processes that were previously rife at the County Offices.
“This system will get rid of quacks who had previously infiltrated the manual approval processes in our County offices, only qualified professionals will interact with the system, “he said.
The Electronic Development Application Systems, is a web-based software application that automates the development applications that include planning proposals, architectural building proposals and associated civil, structural engineering designs and inspection processes.
Kajiado becomes the fourth county after Nairobi, Kiambu and Kisumu to launch e-DAMS.
The system has been advanced from all the previously launched ones with enhanced features that seal the loopholes exhibited by the systems in the other counties.
By Janet Rop