Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) is going full throttle to grant new layout permissions online.
Builders and layout developers, however, want the CMDA to fix a deadline for the issuance of the approval and train architects on the specifications of the software.
The CMDA has already integrated its software with that of the Greater Chennai Corporation and other local bodies within Chennai Metropolitan Area and started issuing online planning permissions for buildings.
Along with introducing the online layout approval, the CMDA is in the process of integrating its software with the registration department. “Once the integration with the registration department is completed, the gift deeds of link roads, OSR land etc will be registered online with ease,” explained a CMDA official.
The integration will also happen with the Department of survey and settlement. “A copy of the approved layout will be overlaid on the revenue sub-division map. This will help the applicant in getting patta for their land easily,” the official added.
The process will also weed out discrepancies in the layout. “Most often the access road to the adjacent plots is blocked by layout developers, the road width will be insufficient etc. If such aspects are not proper, the sketch will not be accepted by the software,” added the official.
In 2023 till June a total of 241 layout permissions were received out of which 32 were approved and 1 has been rejected. There are 208 pending applications till date. “We have been getting more applications compared to last year,” the official said.
Builders and layout developers want the CMDA to ensure it is glitch free. K V Thiruppathaiah, president, Tamil Nadu plot promoters’ association, said that the deemed approval concept should be introduced.