Appointment of top official at MCC likely to put an end to the procedural snarl

Those seeking building licences with the Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) are likely to be spared of the bureaucratic labyrinth surrounding the procedure following the appointment of a higher-ranked official in the civic body.All these years the city corporation would send the applications seeking building licenses to the Mangalore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) for technical clearance. Now the civic body need not send the files to the MUDA as it would be cleared, except in some exceptional cases, in the corporation office itself.

The government has posted to the city corporation a fortnight ago a Joint Director (town and country planning), who is authorised to give technical clearance to building licenses except in some exceptional cases. H. N. Raghu took charge on July 16.

The Commissioner of the corporation S. Ajith Kumar Hegde said that earlier the town planning officer of the city corporation had to send the building licence files to the MUDA for technical clearance. Following which the MUDA would send the files to the Commissioner of the city corporation for final clearance. Now the town planning officer sends the files to the Joint Director (town and country planning) in the civic body who in turn sends it to the Commissioner.

Harinath, a six-time councillor of the Congress, said that the process of transferring files between the MCC and the MUDA used to take even up to three months. With the posting of the new official in the city corporation the delay could be avoided much to the delight of the applicants.

Avoidable delay

Premananda Shetty, a four-time BJP councillor, said the posting of the official is expected to save five to six days at the clearance stage itself.

Data

According to Balakrishna Gowda, town planning officer at the corporation, the corporation had issued 499 building licenses from this April to July with 119 licenses being issued in July alone.

The number of building licenses being issued varied from month to month depending on the number of applications filed, valid documents submitted and the condition of the site.

Exception

He said in exceptional cases like applicants seeking relaxation in set-back the files would have to be sent to MUDA for its clearance.

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