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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

Hotels use technology to get manure from waste

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The Hindu          07.12.2017 

Hotels use technology to get manure from waste

K. Thirupathi of Madurai District Hoteliers Association explaining the composting process in Madurai.Photo: R. AshokR_ASHOK  

Composting under the new project to begin soon

With Corporation Commissioner S. Aneesh Sekhar giving hotels, theatre complexes and marriage halls only two weeks to begin recycling their waste, some organisations have come up with novel ways to deal with garbage.

A total of 30 hotels have signed up with the Madurai District Hoteliers Association to begin composting through a project called ‘Smart Clean Green Madurai.’

The association has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Madurai Corporation to boost waste management process. Many businesses are still grappling with the process of waste segregation, according to K. Thirupathi, project head of the initiative.

The plant located at Pazhathottam near Sigaganga Road, which will will start functioning soon, uses high-tech accelerated composting technology. An organic shredder will break down biodegradable waste into smaller particles. A composting machine, with a conveyor belt, where finer plastic particles can be removed manually and an ‘organic slurry machine’ form part of the plant.

The waste will be loaded onto the conveyor belt and workers will segregate small plastic items. The approved junk will be converted into fine black particles and released into a long composting pit and nature will take its course.

Every 21 days, 15 to 18 % of biodegradable waste will become fine organically enriched manure that can be used to grow vegetables and fruits on 5.5 acres of land. Twelve varieties of vegetables and 15 varieties of fruits, along with greens, have been planned on this plot. The aim is to collect 10 tonnes of garbage from hotels and marriage halls everyday. “We make use of the largely wasted coconut water as a micro-nutrient, a medium for micro-organisms and as a source of potash,” says Mr. Thirupathi.

The cost of the machinery, Rs. 55 lakh, has been borne by the Corporation and Mr. Thirupathi’s KT Greens India. Workers will be deputed to pick up segregated garbage from hotels and bring the waste to the yard so that hoteliers can be at ease. The project aims to provide employment to at least 14 people. It is set to roll out in two weeks.

Other organisations are stepping in to be part of the initiative. GRT Regency has a composting machine that processes over 100 kg of waste a day. According to the Chief Engineer Gopal, 70 kg of manure is produced at the end of the week and sold to local farmers.

According to an official, bulk waste generators producing over 100 kg of waste a day can use different composting methods.

Those wanting to sell the manure can register with ‘Mobile Fertiliser Management System.’This is open to housing associations and residential apartments with over 5,000 square feet of land too.

For details regarding the composting process, call Madurai Corporation or Mr. Thirupathi at 98942 33331.


Now, women-friendly toilets in Dindigul bus stand

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The Hindu     07.12.2017  

Now, women-friendly toilets in Dindigul bus stand

Ensures hygiene:A women-friendly toilet at Kamarajar Bus Stand in Dindigul.Photo: G. KarthikeyanG_KARTHIKEYAN  

Ten toilets sanctioned as pilot project: seven for Dindigul and three for Madurai

Women passengers waiting at the Kamarajar Bus Stand here need not use public toilets with inadequate facilities any more, for the Dindigul Corporation has installed two toilets with all facilities to meet their entire needs, especially related to menstrual hygiene.

Inaugurating the ‘Sunidhi toilets’ here on Wednesday, Collector T.G. Vinay said that the existing toilets at the bus stand and along highways lacked women-friendly facilities. The new toilets would also protect their privacy with dignity.

The toilets were installed under Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. Ten toilets had been sanctioned as a pilot project - seven for Dindigul and three for Madurai Corporations. The low-cost prefabricated structure would have a western toilet, Indian toilet, wash basin, sanitary napkin vending machine, napkin incinerator, mirror and soap. The Corporation would maintain them.

Two toilets had been installed at the east and west end of the bus stand. More such facilities would come up near Amma Canteen at flower market, Siluvathur tank area, near Mochaikottai Vinayagar Temple, Mettupatti church area and 108 Vinayagar Temple campus near Gopalasamudram tank. Based on successthe model would be replicated in other areas, the Collector added.

Technical staff said the superstructure, made of cost-effective ferro-cement technology, could be installed in three to four hours. The slabs were fabricated using moulds and drilled together and brought to the location for installation. Fixing toilets, other equipment, basin and plumbing work were done on the spot. Top priority was given for hand washing as it could reduce 45% of sanitation- related diseases. The cost of each toilet was Rs. 75,000.

If one inserted a Rs. 5 coin, the sanitary napkin vending machine would dispense one. Around 30 napkins had been kept in the machine. The incinerator would reduce the used napkin into five grams of ash.

The machine used minimal electricity and the smoke would pass through a chimney.


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