Things can always be done quicker. A section of builders in Tamil Nadu has bought into this reasoning.
The State has a Green Channel policy, which enables builders get plan approvals in a month. Recently, Andhra Pradesh introduced a Green Channel policy that makes approvals possible in just four days! Builders in Tamil Nadu have begun to hope for a similar system that will make for speedier grant of approvals.
“The four-day approval policy is laudable. But the Andhra Pradesh Government has to take a fresh look at its Green Channel policy; so should Tamil Nadu. The policies in both States benefit only the mid-level builders. In A.P., it applies to constructions coming up in plots of up to 1,000 square metres and buildings with ground plus three floors or a height of 12 metres (excluding parking floors). It is slightly better in Tamil Nadu, whose policy covers constructions up to 1,500 square metres or buildings with stilt plus four floors; the policy is restricted to special buildings and those with 50 dwelling units.
Today, it is common for a building based on a stilt-plus-floor model to have 200 houses. This is why the Green Channel has not brought considerable gains to the building community,” says T. Chitty Babu, president, CREDAI – Tamil Nadu.
P. Suresh, managing director, Arun Excello, says that instead of a Green Channel, the Government can look at outsourcing the process of approvals. It can select and appoint a panel of architects and advocates who will attend to the job.
Chitty Babu agrees. “That's the best thing that can happen to the building community. It will also do the CMDA (Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority) a world of good. With this job taken care, it can concentrate on its development work and master plans.”
— PRINCE FREDERICK