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New online layout approval system by Aug.

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The Hindu        12.07.2016 

New online layout approval system by Aug.

Residents, businesses, industries and start-ups that are applying for layout plan approvals and permits for building construction are soon likely to find the process much easier.

The Greater Chennai Corporation plans to speed up the process by introducing a new online layout approval system for urban development by August.

An official of the Corporation said a trial run of the new system had begun in the northern areas of the city covering Tondiarpet, Royapuram, Manali, Madhavaram and Tiruvottiyur.

The Union Urban Development Ministry has directed the civic body to take initiatives for online layout approval as the State ranks low in implementing the 98-point action plan for business reforms. A large chunk of investments in Tamil Nadu are concentrated in Chennai. But, the process of obtaining layout plan approval and building approval continues to be challenging.

The Corporation had launched an online system in 2009 but it had glitches, was not fully automated and the whole process took between three to six months.

At least 10,000 buildings are developed in the city every year. Many of them remain unapproved because of red tape and issues relating to the existing system.

The old online system was also not integrated with the payment gateway.

“Any NRI who wants to start a business can get building approval or layout plan approval online without visiting the Corporation office through the new online system. The new system covers the process end-to-end,” said an official of the Corporation. Officials at the regional level are set to be instructed on how to expedite the process after August.

After online submission of the application through Chennai Corporation citizen portal, the system will generate an acknowledgement and an automated inspection schedule. The applicant will receive SMS and email notifications. After inspection, the payment of fee and printing of approved plan copy can be made through the citizen portal.

At a recent meeting, senior officials focussed on integrating a single window system with agencies such as the Airport Authority of India and CMDA. Construction of many multi-storied buildings have been delayed owing to restrictions relating to air traffic.

India was ranked 142 in Doing Business Report, 2015, released by the World Bank. The rank has improved in ‘dealing with construction permit’ and ‘getting electricity’ indicators as some cities such as Chennai have already initiated measures. However, many delegations visiting the city have stressed the need for quick approval.


Corporation to send messages on plan approval

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The Hindu        06.11.2014 

Corporation to send messages on plan approval

In an effort aimed at bringing in transparency in building plan approval and quick disposal of applications, Mayor P. Rajkumar on Monday inaugurated a system wherein the Coimbatore Corporation would send short service messages to the applicants informing them of approval of applications.

According to Mr. Rajkumar, he gave away the plan approval documents to 93 persons on Monday. This was only a beginning.

From now on, every week, the Corporation would send out messages confirming the approval of applications and the date of issue of the same to the applicants, who could then visit the Corporation main office for collecting the same.

He said this initiative was for plans for buildings measuring less than 4,000 sq.ft.

A senior official said that the Corporation could have the plan disbursement event every Tuesday, prior to the weekly grievance meeting.

Earlier in the day, the Mayor oversaw the Corporation releasing fingerlings into freshwater containers in Ward 97 to control mosquito breeding. Deputy Commissioner P. Gandhimathi said that the fingerlings would feed on mosquito larvae and that would control the breeding.

The civic body had bought the fingerlings from the Tamil Nadu Fisheries Development Corporation.

The Corporation officials also carried out cleaning operations in schools and repair of damaged roads in various parts of the city.


Digital mapping of wards to begin soon

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The Hindu        19.09.2014 

Digital mapping of wards to begin soon

After a long wait, digital mapping of the Chennai Corporation ward boundaries, utilities and streets in Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Ambattur, Valasaravakkam, Alandur, Perungudi and Sholinganallur is set to begin shortly.

At a meeting on Thursday, Corporation officials explored the possibility of increasing property tax revenue by using the Geographical Information System (GIS) developed on a complete digital mapping.

“Though we have digital mapping of all streets in Tondiarpet, Royapuram, Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar, Teynampet, Kodambakkam, Anna Nagar and Adyar, work on other zones is yet to begin,” said an official.

The facility will help to manage civic infrastructure and deliver services in earmarked areas.

The civic body will also study the possibility of using the GIS developed by TANGEDCO as it includes over 42 layers, including junction boxes, transformers and high-tension lines.

The Corporation will conduct a door-to-door survey of property and link the database with the GIS developed by it to help improve solid waste management, roads and plan civic services at ward level.

The officials are also awaiting relaxation of existing restrictions pertaining to various aspects of geo-reference maps, starting with collecting and disseminating of information about areas of strategic significance.



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