E-governance in Chennai to simplify approval process for developers

By Accommodation Times Bureau

For any developer it is mandatory to acquire a list of permissions and NOCs’ to erect a structure. It is obvious that there will be never-ending queues to submit their application forms. This process is also time-consuming since it requires a positive affirmation from the appointed officials. To ease out on the process for both applicants and officials, the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) has now come out with unique software to simplify the planning approval process.

CMDA receives on average 5-6 applications for special buildings and one application for multistoried building every day. While the developers complain of inordinate delay in the approval process, the authorities counter stating that on many occasions complete documentation do not accompany the application in order to catch the deadline for submitting the application.

There are more than 1,000 rule parameters which are to be broken into sub-modules. Basically it works on the colour codes and text. Users’ manual has already been uploaded on the site which explains the aims and objectives of the software. Though the colour codes have been reduced to 40 now, efforts still continue to reduce it further as there is scope for further improvement. All that the users should do is to follow the colour codes and texts in the prescribed format including font type and size.

For the simple drawings, it will hardly take 5 minutes.  The developers will have to adhere to the prescribed format and terms and conditions for computing FSI eligibility. A password will be provided to the users so that they can go the website, download it and use it. They can access the site any time to ascertain the status of their application.

After the test run is over, CMDA will formally launch software which is likely to take another 1-1.5 months. The CMDA feels that considerable time, man-hours and commuting to the authorities would be saved once the implementation is successful.

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