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Friday, December 22, 2017

Planning permission and building permits a click away from next financial year

By the beginning of next financial year, a builder or developer can submit and track his application for planning permission online without going in person to Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority.

It is learnt that Chennai Metropolitan Development has set out  April 15, 2018 deadline where in it will have the software ready for web-enabled single window system for Online submission, processing and disposal of planning permission applications, building permit applications, completion certificate and occupancy certificate.

This comes after Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, conducted system integration study and development of software for the web enabled single window system.

Usually, a developer for carrying out any development activity has to obtain planning permission from CMDA and also has to obtain building permit from local bodies like Corporation or municipality or town panchayat or village panchayat. Although planning permission and building permit are inter-related their processing involves multiple agencies and multiple activity.

This is time consuming for a developer and sometimes the process takes more than six months to a year for getting the approval.

The new system will formulate a seamless and hassle free environment for ‘Web enabled Single Window Online submission, processing and disposal of planning permission applications, building permit application, completion certificates and occupancy certificates by integrating the existing system.

It is learnt that 10-member team lead by chief planners of multi-storied buildings (MSB) and area plans unit (APU) have been formed to help Softech Engineers in implementing the online system.

The software development work will be started by December 16, 2017 and it will be implemented initially for special building by January 30, 2018. It will later include multi-storied building and will be tested by CMDA and IIT-Madras adter which the software will be developed for group development buildings, industries and institution, layout and reclassification and enforcement cell.

After these the integration of No Objection Cenrtificates (NOCs) with other departments and single window system including Greater Chennai Corporation and other local bodies will be done by April 15, 2018.

IIT was approached by CMDA after none of the tenderer was qualified enough to carry out the system integration study and development of software when tender was floated on September 2015.

It is learnt that IIT-Madras has suggested that Land Use Information System data has to be fully upfated including land acquisition details, court cases so as to integrate it with initial scrutiny records. It was also suggested to check the feasibility of Chitta (year-wise ownership records) and adangal (yearwise land use records) as part of the mandatory documents submitted during admission.

1. The aim of the project is to have a single window system for entire Tamil Nadu concerning building approval systems
2. The single window system will be web enabled and citizen oriented to facilitate transparency
3. It will prevent the sudden disappearance of CMDA files as the digitised records will be stored
4. The planning permission which usually takes six to eight months can be attained within 45 days
5. All stakeholders will be aware of the status of the file for easy tracking enabling higher proficiency

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