CHENNAI: In a bid to get faster approval for building plans of industry projects, the government is planning to integrate the proposed online plan approval of Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) with the single window facility being developed by Guidance Bureau of Industries department.
The move comes after more than Rs 16,000 crore worth of projects, for which an MoU was signed during the Global Investors Meet, were stalled over approval issues.
It is learnt that Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has released Business Reform Action Plan 2017 for Ease of doing Business and has recommended creation of Single Window Portal for Online approvals.
Based on the request, Industries Guidance Bureau has asked Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency (TNeGA) to develop software for single window facilitation. It is learnt that TNeGA has awarded the work to Muthu Soft Labs.
“One of the action points recommended by DIPP is that the building plan approval for industrial projects has to be provided as a service through online single window system facilitating online submission, payments, tracking of status, approvals and issuance of the certificate through the portal maintained by Guidance Bureau,” sources said.
It is learnt from official sources that a high-level meeting was held wherein the issue was discussed with Housing Secretary, CMDA officials and representatives from IIT and National Informatics Centre this week on the integration of software developed by NIC for CMDA with that of Guidance Bureau’s portal.
This also comes in the wake of CMDA with the help of Indian Institute of Technology designing a software which will ensure approval of buildings through the online single window system within the next year at a cost of Rs 65.28 lakh.
The single window system for processing planning permissions applications as well as building permit applications has been made mandatory by the Centre for accessing funds under ‘Housing for All’ scheme.