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Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority's online single-window system to be functional by April

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The New Indian Express       09.12.2017  

Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority's online single-window system to be functional by April

Image courtesy to http://www.cmdachennai.gov.in/

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

It is learnt that the CMDA has set April 15, 2018 as the deadline for having the software ready for web-enabled single-window system for online submission, processing and disposal of applications for planning permission, building permit, completion certificate and occupancy certificate. This comes after the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras conducted a system integration study and developed software for the new system.

Usually, a developer has to obtain planning permission from the CMDA and also has to obtain building permit from local bodies such as the Corporation or municipality or town or village panchayat. Though planning permission and building permit are inter-related, their processing involves multiple agencies and multiple activities.

This is time-consuming and sometimes the process takes more than six months to a year for getting 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 applications etc.

It is learnt that a 10-member team, led by chief planners of multi-storeyed buildings (MSB) and area plan units (APU), has been formed to help Softech Engineers in implementing it.

The software development work will start by December 16 and will be implemented initially for special buildings by January 30, 2018. It will later include multi-storeyed buildings and will be tested by the CMDA and IIT-Madras after which the software will be made for group development buildings, industries and institution, layout, reclassification and enforcement cells.

Afterwards, the integration of no-objection certificates (NOCs) from other departments into the single-window system including Greater Chennai Corporation and other local bodies will be done by April 15, 2018.

The IIT-M was approached by the CMDA after none of the tenderers was qualified enough to carry out the system integration study and development of software when tender was floated in September 2015.

It is learnt that IIT-M  has suggested that land use information system data has to be fully updated 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.


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

6,000 applicants seek regularisation for unapproved layouts, plots

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The Hindu        23.11.2017  

6,000 applicants seek regularisation for unapproved layouts, plots

Property owners can submit applications till May 3 next year

With the State Government introducing regularisation scheme for unapproved plots and layouts in May this year, about 6,000 applications were submitted by property owners in Coimbatore district. An official of the Local Planning Authority said that when the applications are filtered, there could be three or four applications for regularisation of plots in the same layout. Property owners can apply for regularisation till May 3 next year. Those who apply should submit the sketch of the layout.

Since the applications are submitted online, many say the layout sketch is not available. Those who have sketches of unapproved layouts can also give a copy at the LPA office.

The official pointed out that the applicant gives the Encumbrance Certificate only for plot to be regularised. However, under the scheme the officials need to take the EC for the other plots too as OSR land should be earmarked from the unsold sites. Only then can the layout be approved.

K. Kathirmathiyon, secretary of Coimbatore Consumer Cause, said in many places, property owners have constructed the building and are using it for a long time.

Hence, they might not be going in for regularisation. However, this is an opportunity to regularise the building and it should not be wasted. If not regularised, the plot remains unauthorised and there could be several problems because of it in the future.

He also condemned the provision to regularise buildings even if there is no space for parking, condonable on payment of charges. This will be 100 % violation of parking norms, he said. Most of the buildings leave parking area in the plan. But, construct the building without the area. All the vehicles of the residents of the building and those visiting them are parked outside. The built area on the space earmarked for parking could be removed if the building should be regularised. Further, there should be specific conditions in the scheme for regularisation of public and semi public buildings.


Municipality seals buildings in Udhagamandalam

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The Hindu         15.09.2017  

Municipality seals buildings in Udhagamandalam

The Udhagamandalam Municipality sealed three unapproved buildings located in the town municipal limits on Thursday.

A team comprising more than 15 municipality officials, along with the Nilgiris district police went to the buildings located along Willow Bund Road, Coonoor Road and Khandal. The officials evicted the people residing in the buildings and closed them.

The building owners appealed against the closure, but the Department of Municipal Administration and Water Supply had ordered for the illegal constructions to be closed down, officials from the municipality said.

This was the first day of the eviction drive which is to be carried out by the municipality to clear occupancy of unapproved constructions.

Town Planning Inspector N. Palanichamy said that there were 1,330 cases pertaining to illegal constructions in Udhagamandalam, which would be acted upon on a case-to-case basis in the coming days.

Officials said that the Department of Municipal Administration and Water Supply had directed that water and electricity to the illegal buildings be cut off. The closure of unapproved buildings would continue on the orders of Municipality Commissioner (in-charge), C. Ravi.


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