CHENNAI: Planning permission applications submitted to the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) can soon be applied online and status of project proposals would be available just a click away.
As part of its plans to make submission of construction projects applications hassle-free, CMDA along with the National Informatics Centre (NIC) is planning to take the process online.
The facility will reduce the physical visits of applicants, who can track the progress online. “Now, applications for planning permissions are submitted in person. We are creating a software that would enable applicants to file their filled-in applications online and get the acknowledgement,” a senior CMDA official told TOI. However, applicants must directly provide hard copies of supporting documents like drawings, ownership details and no objection certificates (NOC) received from various departments.
Applicants will get a username and an account through which they can track the status of their applications. “People can keep track of their applications and get updates such as completion of site inspection. Once all the procedures are over, applicants can remit the planning permission charges through online,” the official said. Details of rejected applications would also be made available. “The new facility would be inaugurated shortly,” the official said.
On an average, CMDA receives anywhere between seven to 10 applications for plan sanctions under different categories like housing projects, multistorey buildings, institutional buildings and special buildings every day.
The planning authority is also looking at the possibility of uploading site plans for multistorey buildings to discourage builders deviating from approved plans like constructing additional floors than the sanctioned numbers. According to sources, the move would help the general public to get the first-hand information about basic details of the structure independent of the claims of developers. “It is still at discussion stage,” the official said.
Sources claimed that ideas for uploading the entire approved plan in the public domain were also floated, but were dropped as architects might raise objections that their drawings becoming might be reproduced elsewhere.
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