CMDA waives NOC for STPs for new buildings

CHENNAI: In a relief to developers, the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) has waived no-objection certificates (NOCs) for sewage treatment plants(STPs) for new buildings in areas still out of the sewerage network. The change in development regulations is expected to reduce bureaucratic delays faced by housing projects.

Till date, builders had to approach the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) to obtain NOCs for STP designs. These should be furnished at the CMDA for getting completion certificates for buildings. With the new rule, CMDA and CMWSSB will have inter-departmental transfer of documents, relieving applicants of hardships.

In a recent office order, CMDA member secretary C Vijayaraj Kumar said NOCs from the CMWSSB (for STPs and swimming pools) need not be called for to issue plan permissions and completion certificates. “On receipt of planning permission application for special buildings, group developments and multi-storey structures, one set of plans will be forwarded to the CMWSSB. This will be for their information and action on extending water supply and sewage connections to the proposed development. CMWSSB must offer remarks within 15 days. In case no remarks are received, it shall be deemed that CMWSSB has no objection/remarks for permitting the development,” the order says.

Applicants seeking CMDA permission for building construction must obtain NOC from more than 20 different central and state government agencies including the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and CMWSSB, depending on the area proposed for work.

The move would largely benefit suburban areas and some pockets in Greater Chennai Corporation which had not been brought under the sewerage network. Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI) Chennai chapter president Suresh Krishn welcomed the simplification of rules on CMWSSB. He said it would cut project completion time by at least 30 days.

Credits ET Realty

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